Everton want three attacking recruits - Roberto Martinez

The Toffees boss has already brought in Gareth Barry on a permanent deal but is keen to bolster his options further up the pitch, as well as one more midfielder
Everton manager Roberto Martinez plans to add three attacking players to his squad before the 2014-15 Premier League season.

The Toffees have already secured Gareth Barry on a permanent deal after his successful loan spell last term but the Spaniard is in need of attacking reinforcements following Romelu Lukaku's return to parent club Chelsea.

Steven Naismith, Kevin Mirallas and Arouna Kone are the only recognised forwards keft at Goodison Park and Martinez is aware that more firepower is required.

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"We want to bring in three attacking players," he told the Liverpool Echo.

"We feel that we are OK in terms of goalkeeper and defence, but we definitely want one midfielder and three attackers.

"You have to plan for the summer well in advance and we are very happy with the work we have put in since January in preparing for this summer.

"We've worked hard to identify the type of players we want and we are confident we will be in a good position to strengthen our squad before the end of this window."

Martinez is also prepared to dip into the loan market again, just as he did with Lukaku, Barry and Barcelona youngster Gerard Deulofeu in 2013-14.

"Our use of the loan market has been a strength in recent years," he said. "That is something we will once again look to.

"The loan players that have left were very influential for us last season but we cannot forget that we have a lot of young players already at the club as well. I have been very impressed by some of those players and we want to have a look at them over the pre-season. Overall I'm positive where we are at."