New Everton boss Roberto Martinez is keen to make Swansea winger Nathan Dyer his first signing at Goodison Park.
The pair have worked together before when Martinez was manager of Swansea. He brought a 21-year-old Dyer to the club on loan from Southampton for the end of the 2008-09 season.
Dyer had an impressive spell at the Liberty Stadium and was quick to win over fans with a goal against rivals Cardiff. Martinez left the club at the end of the season and since then both men’s careers have been on an upward trajectory.
Martinez earned a chance at a bigger club
Martinez managed to hold off Wigan’s inevitable relegation for three years before they finally went down last season. He introduced a cultured passing style of play to the club and won the FA Cup.
His positive football and success on a tiny budget earned him the chance to speak to bigger clubs. He finally chose to join Everton after turning down Aston Villa and Liverpool in recent years.
Dyer has been a key man for Swansea
Dyer signed for Swansea on a permanent basis at the end of his loan spell for a fee of £400,000. He established himself as a key player for the Swans over the next four years and was instrumental in their promotion and League Cup success.
In the 2010-11 season he was named Swansea supporter’s Player of the Year as he helped the club finish third in the Championship. He then terrorised Nottingham Forest and Reading in the playoffs as classy Swansea became the Premier League’s first Welsh team.
Dyer has remained a key part of the Swansea team that has won many admirers over the last two seasons. He now has 60 games worth of top flight experience and 12 goals under his belt. At just 25 years of age he has time on his side to go on to greater things.
Fee likely to be around £5m
Last season he was famously denied the opportunity to become the first player to score a hat trick in the League Cup final as Jonathan de Guzman insisted on taking a penalty with Swansea already 3-0 up against League 2 Bradford.
Dyer has a year left on his contract and Martinez is confident he can land the land the winger for £5m and offer wages of around £40,000 per week.