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Arteta move could be on.
Manchester City are expected to renew their interest in Everton’s talented midfielder Mikel Arteta if they fail to land Aston Villa and England wide man James Milner according to the Daily Telegraph. Roberto Mancini is reportedly not willing to pay over the odds for the World Cup player as Martin O’Neil has slapped a £30m prize tag on his signature. With the Eastland’s club reluctant to go higher than £24m for Milner this has made the Toffees prized asset as the clubs next port of call. The playmaker, who has recently returned home to Spain from Everton’s Australian pre season tour to get married, will not be sold by the Goodison Park Club for profit or to give David Moyes the funds to strengthen his squad. Arteta, 28, has yet to commit his future to the club as protracted talks over a new deal have been on-going but City’s riches could tempt the Spaniard who has often spoke of his desire to play Champions League and International football.
Moyes rules out long term stay.
Everton Manager David Moyes has said he will not be at the Goodison Park club for “the duration” of his career writes the The Daily Express. The Scot took time out of the clubs tour Down Under to discuss his future. Asked about speculation linking with a move to Old Trafford when Alex Ferguson retires was dismissed by Moyes: “The speculation linking me to other jobs doesn’t annoy me,” he said. The Toffees boss added: “but there’s no flattery unless you think there’s something in it. I don’t believe there is. But I don’t think that I’ll be at Everton for the duration of my career.”
Toffees friendly win.
Everton celebrated their second successive pre season win Down Under as they defeated Australian outfit Melbourne Heart 2-0. David Moyes outfit, without mercurial Spaniard Mikel Arteta and a select band of players on holiday after World Cup involvement were out of the blocks quickly winning an early second minute penalty. Young Irishman Seamus Coleman’s burst into the opposition penalty area gave Frenchman Louis Saha the chance to convert from twelve yards but he fluffed his lines placing the ball wide of the post. The Toffees were not to be denied though as midway through the first half the highly rated Jack Rodwell nipped in at the front post to poke home following more excellent running down the right hand side by Coleman. Manager Moyes, took the opportunity to give most of his first team players a run-out in the second half, including Australian World Cup star Tim Cahill much to the delight of the home faithful before the former Millwall ace takes a well deserved holiday. It was Saha later though who made amends for his earlier miss when he hit a sweet 57th minute effort to round-off a convincing display from the Merseysiders.
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