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Last Updated: Friday, 7 May, 2004, 09:35 GMT 10:35 UK
Moyes set for new deal
By Phil McNulty
Chief football writer

Everton boss David Moyes
Moyes is poised to pledge his future to the Toffees
Everton manager David Moyes is to be offered a new four-year contract.

Moyes has two years left on his current deal, but BBC Sport understands Everton have moved to secure the highly-rated Scot's long-term future.

Everton have struggled this season, but Moyes led the Merseysiders to the brink of European football in his first full season after moving from Preston.

The manager is expected to sign and Everton also hope England teenager Wayne Rooney will agree a five-year contract.

Moyes remains a hugely popular figure among Everton's support, but has been touted as a possible successor to Martin O'Neill if he left Celtic.

Moyes replaced Walter Smith in March 2002 and immediately led Everton to safety.

And after Everton's performances last season, when they missed out on Uefa Cup qualification on the final day, he was named manager of the year by the League Managers' Association.

Moyes has had to work within a small transfer budget, and he has called on Everton's board to invest in the squad this summer.

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