By Harvey Byrne
Southampton have stalled Cuco Martina’s £2.5million move to Everton, according to a report.
Hampshire publication the Daily Echo claims that the Saints will make a decision after they assess a knee injury picked up by new right-back signing Jeremy Pied.
The south coast club are waiting for the results of scans, but it is feared that Pied could be set for an extended spell on the sidelines leaving Cedric Soares as the only senior right-back at the club if Martina was to exit.
The Daily Mail claimed that Ronald Koeman was looking to bring competition into Everton for established first choice Seamus Coleman.
The Dutch manager brought Martina to the Saints and the Premier League after he agreed a two-year contract when he transferred from Jong Twente last summer.
The 26-year-old full-back played in 18 encounters last season with his only goal of the campaign being a spectacular strike against Arsenal.
The 27-time capped Curacao international has not been included in either of Claude Puel’s matchday squads in the new campaign.
However, the French boss did highlight the importance of having two good players for each position in his Thursday press conference.
“We will see. It is a problem, it is a question for Cuco also,” said Puel, as quoted by the Daily Echo
“We will see if the seriousness of the injury, we will see with Cuco stay or the possibility of another player coming.
“We will see the gravity of the injury with Jeremy, it is a problem.
“I think we have good possibilities with Cedric. He’s a good player.
“For Cuco he still has one year of contract and the possibility to earn another contract with perhaps the three or four years with another team and that is interesting to him.
“It’s important also to listen to the player and his situation.
“It’s important to have two good players for every position.”
Everton have been short in the right-back position so far in the new campaign.
Coleman suffered an ankle injury before the season began and midfielder James McCarthy has been filling in the right-wing back role in his absence.
Koeman has been keen to add players with Premier League experience to his squad in his short time in charge of the Toffees.
The Dutch manager has so far added Maarten Stekelenburg, Idrissa Gueye, Ashley Williams and Yannick Bolasie as he looks to return the Goodison Park club to European football.
In other Everton transfer news, the Toffees have been given a major boost in their hopes of signing Napoli striker Manolo Gabbiadini.