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 (right) 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, Darron Gibson wants to experience the Champions League all over again, this time with Everton.
The Derryman, who scored for Manchester United in a quarter and semi-final of the competition, admits getting to the group stage with Everton would top all those achievements. "Could you imagine Real Madrid or Barcelona coming for a Champions League game?," the 25-year-old said. "The atmosphere at Goodison would be frightening."
THERE was disappointment for Andy Keogh last night as the Millwall striker was replaced before kick-off on their 2-2 draw with Brighton after suffering a broken toe.
"Unfortunately, Andy has a broken toe and we couldn't inject it," said Millwall boss Kenny Jacket. "We had to change the team because Andy didn't feel good enough to play but the squad has to adapt and Jack Smith came in and delivered an excellent performance."
The striker could be on the sidelines over the festive period with the injury.
REPUBLIC of Ireland star Stephen Kelly is hoping to see more action for Fulham after coming off the bench for the Cottagers against QPR last weekend.
"It was nice to come on," said Kelly. "I came on against Tottenham and then against QPR so it's good to be back involved. I felt I did okay in both games."
- CORMAC BYRNE