Both players were in attendance at Goodison Park for Sunday's game against Manchester City but the club are waiting on the completion of both deals before they can be announced as new Everton players.
Funes Mori, the defender from River Plate in Argentina, is believed to be waiting for a work permit – given that he has just one cap for his country, there are no guarantees – while Martinez told the media this morning that a deal for striker Rodriguez is close but not finalised. Rodriguez's dual-Italian passport would negate the requirement for work authorisation in his case.
“[Leandro] is a young striker playing for River in Uruguay," the manager said. "We will find out more over the next three days. We might be able to say something ahead of the weekend."
“[He] is someone with an incredible potential that will fit in very well with that group of players that we identify to have the quality to reach the first team very soon," Martinez continued in regard to a player who, as a potential signing for the U21s setup, is not believed to be one of the three first-team acquisitions he is hoping to wrap up before Tuesday's transfer deadline.
"Ramiro was invited to the game at the weekend with the permission of River Plate," the Catalan explained in relation to Funes Mori. "At the moment we are just trying to see if we can conclude a deal and find a solution with our counterparts in Argentina.
“Ramiro is a player that we can be excited about but I cannot speak too much about it until we have something to announce to our fans.”
"Work permit rules have changed slightly and we're going to take the opportunity of testing the new process and we think we can get the points needed to get the work permit.
A reporter for Sky Sports later added weight to that saying that the club could receive confirmation from the Department of Employment as early as today.
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1 Posted 25/08/2015 at 16:17:02
2 Posted 25/08/2015 at 16:19:56
3 Posted 25/08/2015 at 16:21:22
Don't tell me they flew in the wrong fella.
5 Posted 25/08/2015 at 16:25:50
6 Posted 25/08/2015 at 16:27:04
8 Posted 25/08/2015 at 16:30:05
9 Posted 25/08/2015 at 16:30:43
He was mostly referred to as Funes Mori which I thought covered his first and surname. My mistake.
10 Posted 25/08/2015 at 16:39:46
Shane, you're excused...
11 Posted 25/08/2015 at 16:41:16
13 Posted 25/08/2015 at 16:46:37
15 Posted 25/08/2015 at 16:47:52
16 Posted 25/08/2015 at 16:49:38
Only way he was going was if he handed a request over.
35M and no time to buy a replacement
17 Posted 25/08/2015 at 16:51:24
18 Posted 25/08/2015 at 16:51:37
Question is why have we invested so little this window ?
19 Posted 25/08/2015 at 16:53:33
22 Posted 25/08/2015 at 17:11:58
Stones can't stay now.
23 Posted 25/08/2015 at 17:13:18
But doesn't this just remind us once again that Everton is no longer a top club? That we will never challenge for the league, much less European trophies, under the current regime? That we will again and again lose our best young talent to moneyed clubs?
And why is everyone so upset about missing out on Yarmolenko? Even if we were to get him and he played as well as we think he might, it would only mean one thing: his inevitable sale to a moneyed club.
Nothing is ever going to change unless Bill Kenwright and his shower are excised from the club. Now, some may want to fly planes with banners calling for this. Personally, though, I believe these is no better way to make it happen than by simply staying away from Goodison and refusing to buy any merchandise. It's akin to starving yourself when you've got a stomach bug; it hurts, it's not nice, you get hunger pangs, but it's the only tonic that will improve the situation.
24 Posted 25/08/2015 at 17:14:36
25 Posted 25/08/2015 at 17:16:17
26 Posted 25/08/2015 at 17:18:05
27 Posted 25/08/2015 at 17:23:16
29 Posted 25/08/2015 at 20:48:24
30 Posted 25/08/2015 at 20:49:06
Or you get anorexia and die. I don't see how making a poor club even poorer will improve our present situation.
31 Posted 25/08/2015 at 20:56:27
How much did Cahill cost us? Or Pienaar, Arteta, Lescott, Martyn, etc. If we got Messi on a free does that mean he's rubbish? There's no way to know if a player will be a diamond or fools gold until he puts on the shirt and runs out onto the park.
They may turn out to be the best playes we've ever had.
32 Posted 25/08/2015 at 21:18:46
33 Posted 25/08/2015 at 22:31:56
34 Posted 25/08/2015 at 22:35:14
Who knows you may be right and he is a hidden gem but my point was that we have spent virtually nothing this window, even less than Championship clubs. Is that really a way to remain competitive and would Martinez really be bringing him in if he had the money to go and get an Austin or such like. I guess we will never know but I highly doubt it.
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