Everton boss David Moyes has admitted he is enjoying the challenge of keeping Wayne Rooney at Goodison Park.
Rooney, 18, has yet to sign a new five-year contract and Moyes said: "It's a terrific challenge I have got but one I am looking forward to conquering.
"I'm optimistic Wayne will remain an Everton player and if that happens we'll fill Goodison again.
"I'm just looking forward to hearing that one word - 'yes'. I'm really hoping that can happen."
He added: "I need to know about Wayne now and we're getting close. We're in talks and felt they were quite good."
With Everton around £30m in debt, the Rooney saga ongoing and five directors quitting in five months, it has been a tough period for the Toffees.
But Moyes is confident he can turn things around and improve on their 17th place in the Premiership last season.
"It's been a long, hard summer but I'm a young man and hopefully if you come out the other side you are better for it," Moyes added.
"I can still live a normal life through all this and strangely enough, now it's all been said and out in the open, it's easier to handle.
"I will not be changing. I will continue to work with the players and we won't allow it to drift."