Toffees line up Jagielka deal

The England international only signed a new long-term contract over

the summer, but the club are keen to reward him for his consistent

displays. Arsenal were reportedly keen to land the ex-Sheffield

United defender over the summer and Moyes wants to make sure he

keeps ons of his star players at Goodison Park. “He has got on with

the job no problem and there will be a new contract offer for Jags

later in the year,” said Moyes. “I’ve tried to keep my key players

here and Jags accepted it, he was great about things.” However, one

player who seemed increasingly likely to leave is South Africa

international Pienaar, who is out of contract in the summer. The

skilful midfielder can depart for free at the end of the season and

Moyes is losing hope that the parties can agree fresh terms. He

added: “We’d love Pienaar to stay, but I’m growing resigned to him

leaving.”