Blue recruits

THE word is that Everton, along with Liverpool and Manchester United, are  keeping a watchful eye of Sheffield United’s promising teenage striker Diego de Girolamo, born in Chesterfield and with an Italian father. De Girolamo, who is returning to action after a 10-month fitness fight following a rupture to his anterior cruciate ligaments, is an Italian Under 18s star who retains eligibility to play for England and is clearly a young man for the future. I won’t be surprised, though, to see Everton boss Roberto `Martinez sign an experienced striker before the window closes in two weeks, especially as he has sold Jelavic to Hull City. That decision leaves Martinez with Romanu Lukaku as his only top-class striker and, should he get injured, Everton would be in trouble if they don’t bring in quality back-up. To that end, I could see Stoke’s Kenwyne Jones fitting the bill. Jones has height, pace and power and, though his motivation has at times been questioned, there is no doubt the talent is there  and I could imagine Martinez being the man to bring out the best in him.

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