Several news outlets are reporting that Everton boss Roberto Martinez is targeting another striker. This time it's two big names in Samuel Eto'o and Danny Welbeck. Eto'o, 33 is currently without a club after being released by Chelsea in May while Welbeck, 23 is still employed by Manchester United but has been told by Louis Van Gaal to find a new club. This news comes after Romelu Lukaku limped off the pitch in the second half of Saturday's match. He was later seen sitting on the bench with ice on his foot but the club has not made any announcements about a significant injury.
Martinez has made several comments recently stating that he is interested in making additional signings to bolster the squad's depth before the transfer window closes. However, there with the club's record spending spree on players this summer; it remains unknown how much of a transfer budget is left. Everton may rely more on loans than on permanent transfers to fill their needs.
Both of these players represent interesting options for Everton. Eto'o is likely looking for a place to finish a career in which he has scored 303 goals for his nine clubs. He is coming off of a 2013-2014 campaign with Chelsea where he netted 12 goals and 6 assists in 34 appearances. He also represented Cameroon in Brazil this summer becoming only the third African player to represent his country in four World Cups. He has the potential to be a good mentor to the club's young forwards and would provide good depth on the wing as the club enter races for the domestic and European cups. Judging by his performances last season, Eto'o could still have something left in the tank but a sticking point of contract negotiations for a player with this type of experience may be his wage demands. He is reported to be asking for £100,000 per week which is more than any Everton player currently makes. Everton by no means is a small club, but there are other players in line ahead of him that are looking to have their salaries increased.
Danny Welbeck on the other hand is a much more interesting option. The player is one of several who have fallen out of new United manager Louis Van Gaal's favor and has been told to find another place to play. If the Blue's are interested in the player, they may have to compete with Arsenal, Tottenham and Sunderland to bring him to Goodison. Last season Welbeck made 36 appearances in all competitions and notched 10 goals for the Red Devils. Welbeck is still very young and entering the prime of his career. The question is; how much does United want for the player? Transfmarkt puts his value just short of £15 million but he is likely to go for less considering that he has been deemed surplus to his current team.
While both players represent good attacking options, it is debatable if the club needs to add another forward. At the moment the Toffees have Romelu Lukaku and an injured Arouna Koné as their primary options at striker. Christian Atsu recently arrived on loan from Chelsea and is expected to play as the first team's winger this season. Other players such as Kevin Mirallas and Steven Naismith have also been pushed up front to help on the wings as well. With Ross Barkley out for an undetermined amount of time and with the way that the defense has played at times in the first two matches; the club may be better suited at looking to bring in players that can contribute at other positions.