Coleman to be rewarded for flying form with new Everton contract
Published 19/12/2012 | 05:00
SEAMUS COLEMAN looks set to commit his future to Everton and pen a new contract at Goodison Park.
The Donegal defender's current deal runs until 2015, but having nailed down the right-back position this season with a string of fine displays, David Moyes wants to reward the man he signed for £60,000 from Sligo Rovers in 2008.
Coleman is enjoying a rich vein of form after a difficult time last season. He has also finally broken into the Ireland team, having been left out of Giovanni Trapattoni's Euro 2012 squad.
The 24-year-old is believed to have a clause in his contract that entitles him to a new deal after a certain number of first team appearances and that has been passed. His agent Hayden Evans confirmed that talks were ongoing.
"We have held positive talks with Everton and I am confident there will be a positive conclusion soon," said Evans.
Meanwhile, former Everton 'keeper Neville Southall believes defender Leighton Baines could be the player to be sacrificed to fund the club's bid for Champions League football.
Although midfield star Marouane Fellaini is attracting transfer attention, Southall feels it would be easier – and cheaper – to find a solution at left-back.
"I'd like to see them buy three players, at least, or get three players on loan," said Southall.