Man United told to forget about January target

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has rubbished rumours that Seamus Coleman will be leaving Goodison Park to sign for Manchester United this month.

The Republic of Ireland right-back has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford of late, with Louis van Gaal rumoured to be shopping around for defensive reinforcements ahead of the approaching transfer deadline.

Coleman was one of last season’s most impressive full-backs, with his attacking flair and defensive solidity leading to much praise as the Toffees pushed for a top four finish – which they eventually missed out on.

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Although United are thought to be ready to pay around £20m for the former Sligo Rovers man – who cost Everton just £60,000 back in 2009 – Martinez says he has no intention of selling:

“No.” he told the Liverpool Echo when quizzed on his star’s potential move to United. “I’m not entertaining the speculation of big sales. We are not going to sell our big assets at the club during the January window.

“So all of those stories, admirations or efforts from outside is just a waste of time.

“I’ve said before that we’re in a position where all it matters is to get a strong momentum in the league and be as good as we can be in the cups.”

Samuel Eto’o has also been linked with a move away from Merseyside, with Sampdoria the name in the mix, but Martinez was also dismissive of this rumour:

“I know there has been a lot of speculation but there’s nothing. We haven’t been contacted and we’ve had no conversations about that issue at all.

“At the moment Samuel is working really well and having a really strong influence in the day to day work.”

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