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17/02/2009 08:43

Papers: Reds eye Rodwell?

Everton in a hurry
Everton hope to finalise a new deal in the next 10 days to tie young midfielder Jack Rodwell to Goodison Park for five years and stave off interest from Arsenal and Manchester United. Negotiations are complete and Rodwell expects to sign his first long-term senior contract before his 18th birthday next month, capping a remarkable rise which saw the former England under-16 captain score his first senior goal in Sunday's 3-1 FA Cup win over Aston Villa. Securing the long-term future of one of the country's brightest young stars is a major coup for Everton, especially with both Arsene Wenger and Sir Alex Ferguson keenly tracking his progress. Sources at Goodison Park insist no formal bids were lodged but acknowledge Everton knew the game's giants would pounce if they stalled.
Rory Smith, The Daily Telegraph

Although his side still have to negotiate a fourth round replay with Fulham, Swansea manager Roberto Martinez is relishing the prospect of an FA Cup clash with United. The Sun quotes the Spaniard as saying: "The draw gives us a fantastic incentive. United are the best team in Europe and their manager is the best in the world.”

Ryan Giggs' display against Derby on Sunday provokes plenty of debate across the tabloids, with several scribes putting the veteran winger forward as the favourite for PFA Player of the Year. Rams midfielder Robbie Savage agrees, saying: "Ryan was unbelievable. For me, he's Player of the Year."

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