According to reports in The Independent, Everton are closing in on the signing of out-of-contract Southampton defender Cuco Martina, and they are ready to hand him a three-year deal.
Toffees boss Ronald Koeman has been looking for an experienced right-back to cover for Seamus Coleman while he continues his rehabilitation from the double leg break he suffered while on international duty with the Republic of Ireland in March, and he looks to have found his man.
The Dutchman signed the Curacao international during his time managing at St Mary’s and he will compete with the likes of Mason Holgate and Jonjoe Kenny in the early stages of the campaign.
Everton supporters were quick to have their say on the news via social media, with many disappointed at the lack of ambition shown and others wondering why Holgate and Kenny couldn’t cover the void.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
— Top Of Spellow Lane (@DaveyNSNO) May 31, 2017
Will be a good squad player.
— Ste (@1878_Ste) May 31, 2017
Jonjoe Kenny must be buzzing got 10 mins all season and now we sign a flop from team 1 league position below to ensure he never gets a game
— Scragg (@phony__soprano) May 31, 2017
Can't believe the moaners. Kenny and holgate are still young and won't cover every game. So need back up players & RK likes him.
— Matt Sumner (@ElmoArt82) May 31, 2017
No disrespect – we have our own – Kenny and Holgate will cover till 60k returns – and he will !!!!! Spend elsewhere please
— Enda J Layng (@LayngJ) May 31, 2017
If he is gd enough for Everton wouldnt he sign a new contract for southampton
— leeban (@Theleeban12) May 31, 2017