Roberto Martinez keeping options open

Roberto Martinez Everton manager

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Roberto Martinez has revealed that he is keeping his options open in the final week of the transfer window, with money set to be a key factor in Everton’s final pieces of business.

The Toffees boss believes that his side’s performance against Arsenal, particularly in the first half, demonstrated that there is enough quality in the squad already to challenge for honours this season, but that won’t necessarily stop him from bringing in one or two more faces before the deadline.

Everton, who surrendered a 2-0 advantage over the Gunners, have been linked with moves for Danny Welbeck and Samuel Eto’o although Martinez has yet to make a definite move.

Martinez added: “There is a lot of money involved in those two. At the moment, if I am honest with you, I am looking at all the options.

“While the window is open we are looking at anyone who can help us and also looking at our injured players and seeing how they react.

“Oviedo and Kone will have a big say on how we end the window and I have an open mind about it. Our first-half performance shows what we have got in the squad.

“It is about trying to see what we need in the squad and how we are going to repeat our first-half performance over 90 minutes.”

Everton face another tough test of their credentials when they take on title favourites Chelsea at Goodison Park on Saturday, with the Merseysiders priced at 3.23 for the victory while the Blues can be backed at 2.06 and the draw at 3.28.

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