ROBERTO Martinez will step up his efforts to bring in striking reinforcements after sanctioning the loan exit of Mauro Boselli.
The Argentine striker is expected to complete his loan move to Serie A outfit Genoa in the next 24 hours, which would free up a huge wage for Martinez to use on new blood.
Boselli has failed to make an impact at the DW since arriving from Estudiantes last summer for £6million, his only goal coming in the Carling Cup win over Swansea in October.
Bari were the first club to publicly state their interest in taking the 25-year-old on loan. But Genoa stole a march on their Italian rivals and have secured a player they referred to this week as ‘our aim’.
While the formalities have not yet been signed, Boselli let the cat out of the bag by revealing on his Twitter account that a deal had been agreed.
Boselli will spend the second half of the season in Italy and, if all goes well, a permanent deal could be on the cards in the summer.
Martinez has been told by chairman Dave Whelan that he will have to generate his own funds this month for any new arrivals.
And the loss of Boselli – thought to be one of the top earners at the DW – from the wage bill will hopefully open a few doors this month.
Whelan has also confirmed that he expects to hold on to prize assets Charles N’Zogbia and Hugo Rodallega despite continued speculation linking them with other Premier League clubs.
Sunderland are thought to be targeting N’Zogbia after seeing a move for Stewart Downing fall through, while Aston Villa are the latest club to be linked to Rodallega.
“I’m not expecting us to sell anybody this month,” Whelan told the Evening Post.
“We’ve got a good squad here, although we’re probably short of one striker.
“But we’ve had two strikers injured recently so I think our squad will stay pretty much the same.
“There’s only money there if we sell someone, and I think you’ll find that will be the case for most of the Premier League clubs.
“The football clubs are now, I think, starting to come to their senses, and realising they can be no more borrowing, no more stupidity.”