Martinez waits on Heitinga situation

, 30 January, 0comments  |  Jump to most recent
Updated Roberto Martinez has intimated that any movement before tomorrow's transfer deadline will likely come after John Heitinga's future has been resolved.

Speculation continues that the Dutch defender is in talks with Galatasaray and there has also been talk of interest from Norwich City but reports coming out of the Netherlands this evening suggest that the Turks have dropped their interest.

De Telegraaf now believe that Heitinga will be staying put until the end of the season after Roma also ended their interest in the 30 year-old who is in search of first-team football ahead of the World Cup Finals in Brazil.

"Anything between now and the end of the window will focus on how Johnny's situation develops," Martinez said this morning.

"He was given permission to have talks with a couple of clubs and over the next 48 hours we will find out what the final outcome is."

Though Romelu Lukaku has been ruled out for the next three to four weeks and new loan acquisition Lacina Traore is still not fit, Martinez's statement doesn't indicate any urgency to sign striking reinforcements to help bolster the push for Champions League qualification and he hinted that his focus will be on getting his injured forwards fit.

"If I'm honest with you, bringing Aiden and Lacina in were the big priorities for me," said Martinez. "My focus now is on bringing the players back that we've already got.

"We've been affected by too many injuries and we are working on getting all those players back. For me, football is not about numbers, it's about quality."

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