Everton boss Roberto Martinez is set on six new summer signings, after given a transfer kitty of more than £20m, to transform Everton into a European contender, Daily Mail reports.
The Toffees are currently only six points behind fourth place Arsenal, and with the Gunners facing Manchester City this weekend, Everton could cut it down to three with a win at bottom side club Fulham.
However even if the Merseysiders are to fall short, they are still likely to secure a Europa League spot and Martinez intends to sign six new players to cope with the demands of Europe.
The Spanish manager is looking to sign Romelu Lukaku on a permanent basis from Chelsea as well as making Gareth Barry also a permanent signing from Manchester City.
He is also looking to bring Jack Rodwell back to Goodison Park, who left for the Citizens in the summer of 2012 but has rarely featured for the Sky Blues.
“Whether we are in Europe or not is a big factor,” said Martinez.
“We’ve got money but I didn’t think spending in January was the right thing to do. If we get in Europe I think that makes a difference of six players
“You need around 27 players plus keepers for Europe. It doesn’t have to be 27 senior players, it can be young players too, but 27.
“We have identified what we need for next season in terms of the areas, and then you start working on your wish-list.
“If you get into the Champions League you can look for your number one choice. If not, you’re going to number four, five, six and maybe seven or eight.
“But we have got the money and it is there to be spent.”
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