Everton eager to tie Man Utd, Arsenal target Rodwell to new deal

Everton are ready to offer youngster Jack Rodwell a long-term contract.

Everton are ready to offer youngster Jack Rodwell a long-term contract.

The talented 17-year-old, who has reportedly interested Arsenal and Manchester United, was handed a start by manager David Moyes and responded by giving Everton an early lead in their 3-1 FA Cup win.

Rodwell has been offered a five-year deal at Everton, and according to the Daily Express, negotiations are now at an advanced stage

While Rodwell's preferred position is midfield Moyes believes he has a potential centre back on his hands who could go on to become as good as current Manchester United and England star Rio Ferdinand.

Moyes said: "I don't know where Rio started his career but I'm sure he played in midfield for a spell.

"I think Jack Rodwell was outstanding again and he's a good boy who wants to keep improving.

"He's got a great manner about him and is one of those players clubs love to have. I think he has a lot of similar qualities to Rio and could go on to become a centre back like him in the future."

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