• 'No agreement' in place to block moves for former charges
• James McCarthy and Callum McManaman are targets
Dave Whelan has told Roberto Martínez he is entitled to take Wigan Athletic players to Everton providing his prospective employers pay the full market value.
The Wigan manager is close to being confirmed as David Moyes's successor at Goodison Park after the two clubs agreed a compensation fee of £1.5m for the 39-year-old on Monday. The make-up of his back-room team at Everton, which could require additional compensation for Wigan and is complicated by the uncertainty over who Moyes is taking with him to Manchester United, has to be resolved before the deal is announced. Martínez discussed personal terms with the Everton chairman, Bill Kenwright, on Tuesday.
Martínez intends to bring Wigan assistants Graeme Jones and Kevin Reeves to Goodison, along with goalkeeping coach Iñaki Bergara, though Kenwright is keen to retain several members of Moyes's coaching staff.
Several Wigan players have been linked with a possible reunion with Martínez on Merseyside, notably the Republic of Ireland midfielder James McCarthy, the striker Arouna Koné and the winger Callum McManaman, who was released by Everton as a 15-year-old. McCarthy could be a leading target for the Spaniard given doubts over the Everton future of Marouane Fellaini.
Some clubs have demanded managers sign an agreement not to return for their players before leaving for new jobs, such as Swansea City with Brendan Rodgers last summer, although that did not prevent Joe Allen following him to Liverpool. However, Whelan is prepared to trade with Everton at the right price.
The Wigan chairman said: "If Everton want to sign any of our players for the right amount of money we will consider it. There is no agreement [preventing Martinez returning for Wigan players]. It is unfair and I don't believe in anything like that.
"It is normally the case certain players want to play in the Premier League and I can't blame them for that. Players sign contracts but sometimes one or two want to leave and it is difficult to stop them. Players are players and I believe in freedom in football. But we have a lot of players who are loyal to Wigan Athletic so we will just wait and see."