Martinez hop­ing to Ty up deal for Mings

Midweek Sport - - SPORT - By SEAN RAFTER

EVER­TON are poised to step up their in­ter­est in Ipswich de­fender Ty­rone Mings.

The Tof­fees have been track­ing the progress of the highly-rated young­ster over the past 12 months and are pre­par­ing to make an of­fer.

Ipswich are re­luc­tant to lose the 21-year-old this sea­son, but Ever­ton are pre­pared to loan Mings back to the Trac­tor Boys for the rest of the sea­son.

Port­man Road boss Mick McCarthy has told Ever­ton they must cough up around £6mil­lion for Mings, although the Tof­fees are con­fi­dent they can get him for closer to £4m.

Ipswich turned down a £3m of­fer for Mings from Crys­tal Palace in the sum­mer and, while the Ea­gles are still in­ter­ested, Ipswich’s pref­er­ence is to sell to Ever­ton.

Ver­sa­tile

The East Anglian club would make a tidy profit on Mings, who cost them just £10,000 when joined from non-league Chip­pen­ham Town last year.

Mings signed a new three-year con­tract with Ipswich last month after an im­pres­sive start to the sea­son.

How­ever, that is not seen as a stum­bling block to any po­ten­tial deal.

Tof­fees boss Roberto Martinez plans an over­haul of Ever­ton’s age­ing de­fence next sum­mer and ver­sa­tile Mings is seen as one of the key sign­ings.

Phil Jagielka, Syl­vain Distin, An­tolin Al­caraz and Tony Hib­bert are all over 30, while 29-year-old Leighton Baines will join that club in De­cem­ber.

In ad­di­tion to Mings, Martinez has in­structed his scouts to un­earth another cen­tre-back who can be the long-term part­ner for Eng­land young­ster John Stones.

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