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Moyes vows to keep Everton stars

Joleon Lescott and David Moyes
Moyes is keen to keep Lescott at Goodison Park

Everton manager David Moyes insists he will not cash in on any of his star players to increase his transfer funds.

Defender Joleon Lescott is the latest to be linked with a big-money move away from Goodison Park, with Manchester City rumoured to be preparing a bid.

"There is no way that we are going to be letting any players go," Moyes told BBC Radio 5 Live's Sportweek.

"I would like money to spend, but I certainly wouldn't give up any of my players to raise that money."

Moyes has been restricted in the transfer market by uncertainty over the club's commitments.

"People are always going to be linked with your players, especially if they see Everton as a club with not that much finance," he said.

"The one thing we have got at Everton is stability. There is a good continuity of players, most of them are on relatively long-term contracts and signed up."

New deals for defenders Phil Jagielka and Jospeh Yobo and goalkeeper Tim Howard were confirmed on Wednesday, while playmakers Mikel Arteta and Tim Cahill still have another three years to run on their agreements.

Lescott signed a contract extension in March 2008 which runs through to 2012, but Moyes insists he would not be tempted by a £20m deal for a player signed for a quarter of that three years ago.

"I feel the way we've done it where we've had to build and work with players and make them better, and juggle one or two a little bit, I think that gives you more pleasure than going out and buying the finished article," he said.

On-loan Brazilian striker Jo scored five times for the Toffees since arriving in January but has returned to Manchester City with Everton unable to afford a permanent switch.

Last summer's low-key spending saw Louis Saha brought in to replace striker Andy Johnson who had been sold to Fulham for £10.5m.


Other arrivals were defender Lars Jacobsen, signed on a free from Nuremberg, and goalkeeper Carlo Nash from Wigan for an undisclosed fee.

Chairman Bill Kenwright is committed to selling his majority stake in the Merseyside club and is keen to attract new investors who could support bigger spending both on and off the pitch.

Plans to relocate the club to a retail park development in Kirkby - a scheme to which they would contribute £78m - are now dependent on government approval after objections from local authorities.

The club have already lost one planning battle when hopes of raising £10m through the redevelopment of the club's training ground for housing were dashed in January.

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see also
Toffees trio sign new contracts
03 Jun 09 |  Everton
Jo will rejoin Man City - Moyes
23 May 09 |  Everton
Saha finalises Everton transfer
01 Sep 08 |  Everton
Arteta & Cahill agree new deals
29 Jun 07 |  Everton
Kenwright open to 'right' offers
06 Aug 08 |  Everton
Moyes keen on new signings
05 Jul 04 |  Everton

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