Everton face Martinez battle

Roberto MartinezEverton could have to fork out around £5million in compensation if they are to secure manager Roberto Martinez from Wigan.

It is thought the Latics boss is Everton’s top choice to replace David Moyes as manager at Goodison Park but the Merseyside outfit could face a hefty compensation bill, according to a report in the Daily Mirror.

The report claims Martinez will inform Wigan chairman Dave Whelan that he wants to leave the relegated club to join Everton this week.

Whelan has indicated he will allow the Spaniard the chance to move on but the Latics chief will still demand compensation for the former Swansea boss.

Martinez is on a rolling contract at the DW Stadium and has no fixed compensation figure in his deal, which means the Latics hold the upper hand ahead of potential negotiations with Everton.

Martinez will probably be keen to take a few members of his coaching staff with him if he does move on, such as number two Graeme Jones and chief scout Kevin Reeves, and Wigan will try and secure as high a compensation fee as possible.

A figure of £5million has been mooted, but Everton will be reluctant to match that figure as they received no compensation for Moyes as he chose to join Manchester United when his deal at Goodison came to an end.

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