Originally posted on Fox Soccer  |  Last updated 6/4/13
Roberto Martinez will be free to cherry-pick players from Wigan once his expected appointment at Everton is confirmed. However, chairman Dave Whelan has warned the Toffees will have to pay the full market value for any Latics stars who want to follow their boss to Goodison Park. Martinez is likely to be announced as successor to David Moyes in the next 48 hours, from which point he will start assessing what he needs heading into the new season. The Spaniard has already been linked with potential moves for the likes of highly-rated midfielder James McCarthy and forwards Arouna Kone and Callum McManaman - a former Toffees trainee - from Wigan. And while some chairmen - for example, Swansea's Hugh Jenkins last summer when he lost Brendan Rodgers to Liverpool - like to strike agreements stating their former managers cannot return to poach players during a certain period unless certain clauses are met, Whelan has made no such deal. Whelan has a very close relationship with Martinez ...
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