Friday 15 December 2017

Moyes insists he will not be cashing in on in-demand star Fellaini

Phil Medlicott

Everton boss David Moyes has responded to speculation about Toffees' midfielder Marouane Fellaini by reiterating he is not looking to sell players in the current transfer window.

Fellaini (below), has been linked with a move away from Goodison Park, with reports suggesting there is a £22m buyout clause in the 25-year-old Belgian's contract.

But Moyes said: "The plan is to keep all of our players. I wouldn't talk about anyone's contracts if I can help it and I won't do it now."

Regarding potential incoming personnel, Moyes added: "We are trying – we will look around and see what we will get."

One midfielder who is certainly remaining with Everton for the time being is Thomas Hitzlsperger, with Moyes today confirming the 30-year-old would be extending his stay until the end of the season.

Hitzlsperger, having been a free agent since leaving Wolfsburg last summer, signed a short-term contract in October that saw him through to this month.

It was also announced that 19-year-old Everton midfielder Ross Barkley has joined Championship club Leeds for an initial one-month loan stint. It is a move Moyes feels is important for the youngster's continued development, and one he stressed has been made viable by the retention of Hitzlsperger.

Everton, currently fifth in the Premier League table, head into today's home clash with Swansea with little sign of their impressive form in 2012-13 letting up.

The Toffees have won three of their last four top-flight fixtures and suffered defeat only three times in the league all season.

They also have a good record against Swansea, triumphing in their previous three meetings with the Welsh side.

The Swans – ninth in the league – are having a fine campaign themselves, though, and Moyes is anticipating a test.

"They have got off to a great start. You take every game individually, no matter what has happened in the past," Moyes said. "It is a tough game against Swansea – they have had some really good results."

Everton full-back Leighton Baines has been nursing an ankle problem and Moyes says he is monitoring the England international's condition but expects him to be fit for the Swansea match.

Irish Independent Sport Star Awards

Pick our magic sports moment of the year and win a trip for two to London. To view the shortlist and cast your vote click here.

Irish Independent

Promoted Links

Sport Newsletter

The best sport action straight to your inbox every morning.

Promoted Links

Editor's Choice

Also in Sport