Martinez looking to replace Jelavic

, 15 January, 0comments  |  Jump to most recent
Roberto Martinez has reiterated that up front is one area where he will be concentrating his efforts before the transfer window closes in view of Nikica Jelavic's move to Hull City.

The Spaniard came into January having already stated his desire to strengthen in central midfield and in attack where long-term injuries to Darron Gibson and Arouna Kone had left his squad lacking in depth in those areas. Now, with Jelavic's move to the KC Stadium complete, Martinez is looking to replace the Croatian.

What is important is that Aiden McGeady arriving has given us a bit more strength in the wide areas and there are many flexible players who can fill in to that number nine position," he said.

But [attack] would be an area that we are looking at before the window closes. We are looking at the options to see if there is a player with the right profile who would fit into the squad.

Martinez has defended the decision to sell Jelavic by insisting that the move was made in the player's best interests.

We agreed the deal and it was down to Nikica to make his decision," the 40 year-old explained. "I do believe when I spoke to Niki that he was clear that he wanted to join Hull.

He felt he would get the opportunity to play the games he needs ahead of the World Cup so, in my eyes, I think the deal is going to happen, even though it is not sealed and signed at the moment."

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