Roberto Martinez has admitted there’s a chance he could sign Andriy Yarmolenko.

But the Everton boss insisted he DIDN’T know the player’s agent was in the crowd on Saturday to watch the Blues face Dagenham in the FA Cup.

The Spanish coach has long been an admirer of Yarmolenko, who starred for Dynamo Kiev against the English club last season, and could be made available in the January transfer window.

And Martinez explained: “I never close the door to anything, so yeah we could see a player of that calibre coming here.

“It’s the window and there are a couple of situations that could happen. We want the squad to be stronger but at the same time the squad is too big, it was built for European football, and there are a couple who need to go to get regular football.”

Martinez though, claimed he didn’t know the player’s representatives were at Goodison in the last week, where they were spied watching games against Manchester City and then the cup tie at the weekend.

He has though, made several moves to land the Ukraine international, the last being in the summer when Blues chiefs met for talks in Monaco, but had no joy in negotiations against Kiev’s notoriously tough-talking president Ihor Surkis.

Kiev are still in the Champions’ League, so a deal remains unlikely until the summer, especially given the £20m price tag, and the Everton manager added: “I don’t know the identity of everyone who comes to Goodison – we had a cat but he can’t play for us.

“I’m sure there were many other people watching the game that can give you leads to players around the world.”

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Everton boss Roberto Martinez refuses to rule out move for £20m Dynamo Kiev star Andriy Yarmolenko
12:31, 12 JAN 2016
BY DAVID MADDOCK
The Ukranian could be made available in the January transfer window but insisted he DIDN’T know the player’s agent was in the crowd on Saturday

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Roberto Martinez has admitted there’s a chance he could sign Andriy Yarmolenko.

But the Everton boss insisted he DIDN’T know the player’s agent was in the crowd on Saturday to watch the Blues face Dagenham in the FA Cup.

The Spanish coach has long been an admirer of Yarmolenko, who starred for Dynamo Kiev against the English club last season, and could be made available in the January transfer window.

And Martinez explained: “I never close the door to anything, so yeah we could see a player of that calibre coming here.

“It’s the window and there are a couple of situations that could happen. We want the squad to be stronger but at the same time the squad is too big, it was built for European football, and there are a couple who need to go to get regular football.”

In pictures: Everton 2-0 Dagenham and Redbridge

VIEW GALLERY Kevin Mirallas of Everton celebrates his penalty during Everton vs Dagenham and Redbridge at Goodison Park
Martinez though, claimed he didn’t know the player’s representatives were at Goodison in the last week, where they were spied watching games against Manchester City and then the cup tie at the weekend.

He has though, made several moves to land the Ukraine international, the last being in the summer when Blues chiefs met for talks in Monaco, but had no joy in negotiations against Kiev’s notoriously tough-talking president Ihor Surkis.

Kiev are still in the Champions’ League, so a deal remains unlikely until the summer, especially given the £20m price tag, and the Everton manager added: “I don’t know the identity of everyone who comes to Goodison – we had a cat but he can’t play for us.

“I’m sure there were many other people watching the game that can give you leads to players around the world.”

Getty ImagesRoberto Martinez Manager of EvertonThe boss: Martinez has refused to rule out a move
Martinez revealed some good news for Blues fans when he said that star striker Romelu Lukaku has recovered from an ankle injury, and it available to face Manchester City tomorrow night.

“Rom trained yesterday and he’s 100 per cent and very much clear to play against City, he feels well.

“In the type of form he’s in he has the goalscoring touch that is needed so it’s great news he is available.”

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