Date: 6th February 2020 at 2:53pm
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Oumar Niasse could be running his contract down at Everton before leaving on a free transfer in July, but may not be the only one.

Cuco Martina is in a similar position to the 29-year-old, having fallen out of favour at Goodison Park, failing to secure a move away in January and having only months remaining on his contract. He could be on his way out in July, so Everton will have to pay another £0.9m in wages.

The 30-year-old has spent three years on Merseyside, making 28 appearances in all competitions since joining from Southampton, but he’s been on the periphery for two years. Martina’s last first-team outing came in Everton’s 2-1 defeat to Burnley (March 3, 2018).

He’s had stints on loan at Stoke City (August 17, 2018 – January 30, 2019) and Feyenoord (January 31, 2019 – June 30, 2019) but didn’t do enough to earn himself a permanent move. Everton had one last chance in January to offload Martina but nothing came of alleged interest on deadline day.

The £35k-per-week defender is behind the likes of Seamus Coleman and Djibril Sidibe in the right-back pecking order. He’s also behind Lucas Digne and Leighton Baines in the left-back pecking order.

Everton could try to save money mutually terminating his contract, but Martina is under no obligation to accept. He could run his deal down until the summer.

Where will Everton finish in the Premier League?

1-4

1-4

5-7

5-7

8-13

8-13

14-20

14-20

Read Crippy Cooke’s previous article

 

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