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Martinez not looking for another forward at Everton

The manager isn't looking to add to his striker options during the summer.

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Everton are not looking for another striker according to manager Roberto Martinez.

The Blues currently have Romelu Lukaku, Arouna Kone as their striker options but none of those have proven to be prolific in the league, with the Belgian enjoying a fruitful Europa League campaign to take his season tally to 19.

That had led to suggestions that Everton were after added firepower in the summer transfer window, with a move for QPR man Charlie Austin being ruled out and a young Honduras forward reportedly being tracked.

Martinez though, says he is happy to have just Lukaku and Kone as out-and-out strikers while Steven Naismith and even Kevin Mirallas can provide back up if needed.

"No," Martinez said, when asked if he was looking to add a striker to his squad this summer.

"We want to keep two numbers nines. We have other players who can play in that position. Arouna Kone had a long spell out and needed to get his match-fitness so that was the thinking behind it last season."

That comes as disappointing news for Everton fans, who would prefer another forward to provide back up to Lukaku with Kone not looking up to it. The Ivorian though, may prove a hit next season after a full pre-season.

Of course, this could all just be tactics from Martinez. Perhaps he is simply pretending not to be interested so as to avoid being ripped off should they attempt any signings. One can hope, ey?