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Five defensive signings for Martinez at Everton this summer

| 24.07.2015

As John Stones reportedly prepares to join Chelsea this summer, with Jose Mourinho seeing the England international centre as the long-term replacement for John Terry, Coral writers look at five potential defensive signings for the Toffees (11/4 with Coral to finish top six).

Do you agree with our selections?

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Virgil van Dijk
Celtic’s dominant Dutch defender was tipped for a switch to the Premier League earlier in the summer, with Sunderland having been interested, but Martinez could snatch the brilliant Bhoys centre back from under his rivals’ noses.

A towering presence in the heart of Parkhead’s defence, Van Dijk would a superb acquisition, but a substantial fee may be needed to prize him away from Ronny Deila’s champions, after sublime performances last season in the Scottish Premiership.

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Thomas Heurtaux
Martinez has been reported to have upped his interest in Udinese’s stalwart centre back, with the 27-year-old rated at around £8m by his Serie A club, a sum which Everton could be easily met after selling on Stones to the Blues.

Frenchman Heurtaux arrived with the Italian side in 2012, going on to make 87 appearances, and would be an experienced candidate to replace Stones at the heart of the rearguard on Merseyside.

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Inigo Martinez
Currently featuring under David Moyes’ guidance at Real Sociedad, Spain cap Martinez has been previously linked to the likes of Real Madrid, and would be a high-profile capture for Everton.

Able to carry the ball out with ease under pressure and capable of picking out a pass from deep, La Liga centre back Martinez would slot in well on the blue half of Merseyside and provide the Toffees with a clam approach defensively.

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Nathan Ake
A potential coup for the Toffees could be to lure Chelsea’s talented young Dutch defender Ake to Goodison Park on a season-long loan as part of any possible deal involving Stones.

The London club are known for regularly loaning out their promising youth players, and Mourinho may be keen on seeing highly-rated Ake arrive at Everton to gain valuable experience in the top-flight.

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Hector Moreno
Espanyol’s Mexican centre back has spent this summer recovering from a foot injury he sustained before the Gold Cup kicked-off, and would be a fresh new face at Goodison Park when he returns from his personal set-back(16/1 to win Capital One Cup).

Moreno, now 27 years of age, would provide Toffees boss Martinez with a supreme defensive giant, with his strong abilities capable of seamlessly slotting into the tough and physical aspects of the Premier League.



Lee Gormley

Lee joined the Coral team in 2014 after studying at Leeds Trinity University, having moved across the water from Ireland, and has plenty of industry experience from his time with various news outlets in both England and Northern Ireland. After graduating with a BA Honours degree in Sports Journalism, he has since become an important member of the talented sports desk, passionately covering boxing, football and snooker, among many other sports. Lee is also a massive Manchester United and Republic of Ireland fan, but curbs any bias during his work, and outside of his job can be found regularly taking part in sport himself, such as boxing, GAA and football.