Everton are preparing for life after Leighton Baines with a bid for highly-rated defender Bruno Martins Indi of Feyenoord.
Having broken into the Feyenoord first-team in 2010 Martins Indi has made 74 league appearances for the Dutch club to date, carving out a reputation as one of the country’s best young defenders in the meantime.
The 21-year-old has clearly impressed, having trotted out ten times for the senior national side already and while predominantly a centre back, is just as capable lining up as a left back, giving Roberto Martinez valuable versatility.
Everton’s former boss, David Moyes, has designs on bringing Baines to his new place of work at Old Trafford and with Everton holding out for a hefty transfer fee – the Toffees have already rejected a combined £26m bid for both Baines and Marouane Fellaini – the £10m fee mooted for Martins Indi seems a snip of Everton’s potential incoming kitty.
A deal certainly looks on the cards and Martins Indi’s place on the bench for Feyenoord’s last game, having started all four previous league games for Ronald Koeman, indicated that he may have been taken out of the firing line ahead of a Merseyside medical.
With Everton starting the campaign in a cloud of transfer uncertainty it will surely come as a huge relief to see all the rumours and fuss subside, and the focus shift on to actual football.
Four straight 90-minute draws in all competitions point to a distracted and unsettled side and their odds to finish in the top four now stand at 18/1. They go into the international break in 15th place.