Everton battling to keep Derby target Carsley

Everton are reluctant to lose midfielder Lee Carsley to Derby County.

The Liverpool Echo says the Republic of Ireland international's family are still based in the Midlands and Jewell - who has already made one successful raid on Goodison for Alan Stubbs - hopes the offer of a two-year deal will be enough to turn Carsley's head.

Everton, however, would be reluctant to lose Carsley, who has once again this season been the model of consistency, particularly after he came so close to joining Wigan Athletic in similar circumstances 12 months ago.

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