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Cleverley heads Everton's summer transfer wishlist

Roberto Martinez reportedly has cash to spend - but will he spend it wisely?

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With Everton tucked away safely in mid-table, thoughts have already turned towards the summer and whether manager Roberto Martinez can address the deficiencies in the squad that has seen them under-perform this season.

The Europa League has been the only highlight of a campaign that began with hopes of piercing the top four but instead raised fears of relegation. Recent wins may have eroded those relegation concerns but not without highlighting some fundamental weaknesses in his side.

Of the current starting XI only Seamus Coleman, Leighton Baines, Phil Jagielka, John Stones, James McCarthy, Ross Barkley, Kevin Mirallas, Romelu Lukaku and (possibly) Steven Naismith look likely to be guaranteed starters next term,  leaving three places in the team up for grabs.

This summer will see the third year of the bumper TV deal kick in (with even greater riches promised when the latest TV rights agreement starts in 2016) meaning Everton's finances are no longer as precarious as they were when David Moyes was in charge.

Back then Moyes knew he would have to sell at least one key player each summer in order to fund deals elsewhere, something he tended to do very well in fairness. Though there remains the thought of 'what might have been' had Moyes been able to spend the kind of money his successor Martinez was last summer.

Whether Martinez spends that amount this year remains to be seen, but the Liverpool Echo does report that he will be given "ample" funds to buy players during the close-season.

One of those appears to be Tom Cleverley, who will be available on a free transfer when his Manchester United contract expires.

Cleverley was close to joining Everton on transfer deadline day last September only to end up on a season-long loan at Aston Villa.

He has hardly set the world alight at Villa Park, but is familiar to Martinez after a loan spell at Wigan in 2011. It's a deal that looks likely to happen.

The Echo also claims Martinez is looking for an attacking midfield play-maker and has already identified his target. Aaron Lennon could also come into the equation, though the £6m asking price would need some knocking down.

A decision is also expected to be made on David Henan, who has spent the season playing for the Under-21s while on loan from Olympiakos.

At the back veteran defenders Antolin Alcaraz and Sylvain Distin will leave at the end of their contracts, with Tyias Browning and Brendan Galloway expected to step-up to the first team. Luke Garbutt's contract - due to expire at the end of the season - should also be a priority.

There is no mention of a new goalkeeper, despite Martinez revealing in January that he was looking for a new long-term replacement for Tim Howard, who was injured at the time.

Howard, despite two decent performances in his last two games, has been poor this season and looks to be past his best. To keep him as first-choice going into the new campaign would represent a risk.

All that summer shopping depends on whether any players leave - Kevin Mirallas and Romelu Lukaku have both been linked with moves to Champions League clubs.

Out of the two it is Mirallas who is more likely to leave given he has just two years left on his contract and hardly endeared himself to the fans with his penalty faux-pas against West Brom in January. If he does leave though then the fans will expect a big-name replacement.

Then there is the future of squad players like Leon Osman, Steven Pienaar and Arouna Kone - are they still good enough, even as back-up?

What are your thoughts on Everton's summer spending plans? Who should stay and who should go? Have your say below.