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Boss confirms club is still working on both deals

Paul Thomas

Roberto Martinez has confirmed Everton are trying to sign Muhamed Besic and Romelu Lukaku - but has urged the fans to stay patient.

Lukaku has been Everton's number one target for most of the summer, but any move was never going to be completed early given the striker's involvement at the World Cup.

Reports of a move for Bosnia international Besic emerged at the start of the month, with the Twitter 'ITK' chancers taking guesses as to when the deal would be completed in the following days (it was always 'within 48 hours').

It seems the deal for Besic is a complicated one involving payments for both his current club Ferencvaros and former club Hamburg.

Meanwhile Lukaku is on holiday until this weekend before joining up with the Chelsea squad - his parent club don't forget - so a move was never going to be wrapped up before then.

Once the Belgian is back in England things may start to move quickly, though Martinez has said repeatedly that any deal for the 21-year-old may go right to the deadline.

Speaking after the 2-2 draw with Tranmere on Tuesday he intimated that once again, asking the fans to remain patient and reassuring them that they would be first to know, not the fake agents and pretend freelance journalists on Twitter.

When asked about both deals, Martinez said:

"At the moment there is nothing to report.

"We know exactly who we want to bring in and games like last night were important because I want to give the youngsters as much opportunity as I can and then make the final decisions on the areas we strengthen in.

"This season, we need to make sure the numbers in the squad are bigger but at the moment there is nothing to update our fans and when there is, they will be the first ones to know."