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Everton confirm goalkeeper enquries

But David Marshall is not among them...

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Roberto Martinez has confirmed he has made tentative enquires over the availability of a number of goalkeepers this month.

With Tim Howard out for at least another month with a calf injury the unconvincing Joel Robles is currently between the sticks.

Martinez has previously insisted, however, that any signing would be for the long-term and not a stop gap, meaning any new 'keeper would be seen as Howard's successor.

One of those rumoured to be interesting Everton is Cardiff's David Marshall, with some reports suggesting a deal is imminent.

When quizzed about those reports Martinez denied a deal was in place for Marshall and insisted he was not one of the players he had enquired about.

The Spaniard did though confirm that he was pressing on with his plans to sign a new 'keeper, though no transfer is expected in the next few days.

Martinez said:

"I have said all along that goalkeeper is an area we need to look into.

"Tim has picked up an injury that wasn't expected and it is a long time to be without a goalkeeper. Once you lose one of your 'keepers you need to keep an eye on it.

"I'm not interested in bringing in someone for the sake of it or the short term. We need to bring someone in for the long term, so that's why we will look into that."