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06/18/2013
 
Roberto Martinez could have to deal with the departure of full back Leighton Baines in the coming weeks, and in a preemptive strike he has shown interest in signing Granada left back Guilherme Siqueira. With talks at an early stage between the two clubs the move is by no means a certainty, but if a deal is struck a fee in the region of £5.5 Million would be likely.

Brazilian born Siqueira has Italian citizenship and moved to Italy from Brazilian side Ipatinga in 2004.  After a two year stint, including a loan move to Lazio, he moved to Udinese in 2006, making his debut in September of that year.  A loan move to Granada in the 2010/11 season was successful enough to secure a permanent move to the Andalusian side after helping to win promotion from the Segunda División.

His strong performances in the last two seasons have resulted in a heightened profile which sees Everton having a probable opposition within the English Premier League with Swansea scouting the player as well as Turkish league champions Galatasaray, joining the race to sign him.  Faith Terim is known to be interested in Siqueira as a replacement for former Spanish international Albert Riera who is favored in a more forward position having been defensively exposed this season.

27 year old Siqueira has scored on 13 occasions and assisted 4 times in 108 appearances for Granada and the only stumbling block would be the negotiation of a fee for the player, who still has four years left on his contract; a sign of the esteem in which his current employers hold him.

Martinez is close to signing Antolin Alcaraz who is available on a free transfer from Wigan and his signature is likely in the near future.  Alcaraz has generated interest from Werder Bremen, Malaga and Benfica but is highly rated by the Spanish manager and the Paraguayan is known to be enthusiastic at the prospect of linking up again with his old boss.

Elsewhere, Everton have yet to receive any formal bids for Belgian striker Marouane Fellaini despite apparent interest from a host of clubs. Fellaini has a £24Million release clause in his contract and if any top clubs were to trigger this clause his move could be inevitable.  

Wigan midfielder and Republic of Ireland international James McCarthy along with his Ivorian Coast teammate Arouna Koné have also been linked with moves to follow their former manager to Everton.  Owen Coyle might be making the right noises but ultimately if Everton were to swoop and at a fair price it would prove difficult to halt their departure.

What's clear is that it won't be a quiet summer for Martinez and if the likes of Baines and Fellaini do leave he will be judged closely on the quality of the replacements he brings in


 
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