Cle­ment passes Martinez test

Midweek Sport - - ON THE NOSE - By JIMMY POLLOCK

EVER­TON are poised to launch a raid for Paris St Ger­main mid­fielder Cle­ment Chan­tome to avoid be­ing left high and dry by Marouane Fel­laini.

The Tof­fees are wary that if Man United or Arse­nal meet their £23mil­lion buy­out clause for Fel­laini, it could leave them short of mid­field op­tions.

And boss Roberto Martinez has tar­geted Chan­tome as the ideal re­place­ment should the big-haired Bel­gian leave Good­i­son Park.

Chan­tome, who has been capped once by France, won the French ti­tle with PSG last sea­son and his range of pass­ing ap­peals to Martinez.

And the player ad­mits his fu­ture is un­cer­tain af­ter Carlo Ancelotti left PSG for Real Madrid and was re­placed by Lau­rent Blanc.

“Af­ter last sea­son, I feel that I have ex­pe­ri­enced what I wanted to with the club,” said Chan­tome.

“It has be­come eas­ier to make a de­ci­sion. I want to play more and play in big matches.

“I want to ex­pe­ri­ence some­thing else. PSG is not my whole life. The best so­lu­tion could be to stay in Ligue 1, but Eng­land would be at­trac­tive as well.”

Ever­ton mid­fielder Leon Os­man reck­ons Croa­t­ian striker Ni­kica Jelavic will re­turn with a bang af­ter a big dip in form last sea­son.

“Per­haps he’s had a good sum­mer or he’s just happy to see us, but he seems lively and rar­ing to go,” said Os­man.

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