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5 Potential January Transfer Targets for Everton

Matt CheethamCorrespondent IOctober 6, 2013

5 Potential January Transfer Targets for Everton

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    Everton were one of the Premier League's better performers during the summer transfer window.

    They essentially swapped Marouane Fellaini for James McCarthy and £14 million, exchanged Arouna Kone for Victor Anichebe and bolstered the squad with some exceptional loan deals.

    While much of their profit will have been used to fund those loans, there may still be money remaining to work with in January.

    Such savvy business has already helped Roberto Martinez set off to a promising start at Goodison Park, with the Toffees picking up a commendable 12 points from seven games.

    Further success in January's transfer window could prove the difference is prolonging a European challenge and falling just short—as was the case with Everton last season. With a new style in place, Martinez will also be keen to add a few more players who fit his system.

    But who could those targets be? Here's a look at one or two potential options that would add quality to the Toffees' roster—some already rumoured to be on the radar.

Tom Ince

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    Tom Ince's name has been frequently bandied about gossip columns for a number of transfer windows. Now in the final year of his contract, he finally seems to be on the cusp of a move to the Premier League.

    Everton have been among the clubs more heavily linked with his signature and may well try and tempt Blackpool to sell him on the cheap in January.

    Quick-footed, highly skilled and capable of performing on either flank, Ince is exactly the type of player Martinez enjoys playing out wide.

    Given his reduced fee, he will prove a bargain for his next employers, only likely to increase in value.

Callum McManaman

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    Callum McManaman is another exciting, young, attacking midfielder, again with traits Martinez is renowned for admiring.

    Everton's new manager watched one of his old side's recent performances and McManaman may well have been the reason for that visit.

    A former member of Everton's Academy, McManaman would surely jump at a chance to return to the Premier League, especially with his boyhood club.

    Being young and English is generally the formula for a hugely inflated fee, so while he would prove a good buy, the Toffees would need to offload a few fringe players to raise funds.

Philipp Hosiner

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    A regular source of goals has been Everton's downfall for a number of seasons, and while Romelu Lukaku should mask that deficiency for this current campaign, Martinez will be looking for a longer term solution.

    Philipp Hosiner has been prolific in Austria, hitting an impressive 32 goals in 36 games last season, and is now gaining experience in the Champions League with Austria Vienna.

    Everton were tentatively linked with an interest in the summer, and would be wise to keep tabs on the striker's progress.

    If the 24-year-old remains as clinical over the next few months, and impresses in Europe, he may prove an astute purchase.

     

Andres Guardado

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    Andres Guardado is another player already reportedly interesting Everton.

    The diminutive, left-sided winger, who can also operate at left-back, is currently at Valencia and is another explosive option, ideally suited for Martinez's system.

    He's amassed almost 100 caps for Mexico despite only recently turning 27 and is an especially hard-working player on and off the ball.

    Given the financial problems in Valenciaand in Spain as a wholeGuardado may not command such a daunting fee.

Bruno Martins Indi

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    Left centre-back is a key position at Everton and as consistent as Sylvain Distin has been in that role, the Frenchman is approaching 36 and is in the winter of his career.

    He's also not ideally suited to being so involved in the passing game and this is a position Martinez will certainly be scouting around for suitable replacements.

    Bruno Martins Indi is a potential option that matches most of the criteria. Armed with considerable strength and power, as well as a naturally left-sided game, the Feyenoord defender seems well suited to the Premier League.

    He's unlikely to come cheaply, but at just 21 and already a regular in the Dutch squad, Martins Indi would be an excellent investment.

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