Moyes puts Everton contract talks on hold

David Moyes will not discuss extending his Everton contract past the end of the current Premier League season until the close of the January transfer window, the Guardian has reported. The future of the likes of Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines will impact the manager’s own prospects, the newspaper added.

The manager has admitted that Everton’s activity in the market will be a factor in his decision whether to remain at Goodison Park – namely, can the club retain its most important players in the of expected interest from some of England’s richest clubs.

Fellaini and Leighton Baines have long been monitored by interested parties and are likely to be the subject of concrete offers once the football world opens again for business in the New Year. Baines in particular is wanted by Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, but Moyes is determined to resist any offers.

If the club cannot afford to turn down the money pushed their way then the long-serving Scot admits it could influence his own future on Merseyside. Moyes has been Everton boss for over a decade, leaving Preston North End in March 2002.

Moyes said: “I will probably wait until we have got over January and see how things go. I want to see what we’re going to do and where the club are looking to move to in the future. And that’s what I’m really looking for as well. It’s probably going to be after the new year before we speak [with chairman Bill Kenwright].

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