Moyes: Romance is not dead
Moyes has endured a frustrating summer of limited activity in the transfer market, with his chairman Bill Kenwright revealing that the Toffees' recruitment plans have been hampered by their inability to borrow from the bank. Moyes, who has guided Everton to consistent top-10 finishes in the Premier League over the last few years, admitted last week it could be a lot tougher for the team to reach those heights again this term. Nonetheless, the Scot retains great faith in his players and is optimistic they can still produce the goods. "In football at this moment in time, I think the league table will tell you that what you tend to pay in wages (is a major factor in) where you finish," Moyes said. "But I'd like to think that football wasn't always about spending money, and that there could still be a bit of romance - that people could take teams to finals and get high up the league without having too much to spend. "We have got good, international players in our squad from several countries who have been here for a while. "We have a good level of stability at the club and because of that, the group know what is expected. "We hope to keep it going and finish as well as we have done in recent seasons." Although Moyes may struggle to sign any new players before next week's transfer deadline, Everton were able to confirm at the weekend that captain Phil Neville had put pen to paper on a contract extension that will see him stay at Goodison Park until the summer of 2013. The club are also working to secure the future of Belgian midfielder Marouane Fellaini, whose current deal with the Toffees expires at the end of next season. Asked on Friday for an update on how talks with the 23-year-old were going, Moyes said: "I have heard that it is progressing well, so when we have some news we will give it to you." Having had their scheduled league opener at Tottenham postponed and then lost at home to QPR last weekend, Everton travel to Blackburn on Saturday eager to pick up their first points of the season. The same can be said of their hosts, who have suffered two league defeats so far. Both teams were boosted by midweek Carling Cup victories and Moyes is expecting a battle at Ewood Park. "Blackburn are one of the sides who have always had a good home record," Moyes said. "I know they lost their first game of the season (at home to Wolves), but if you look over the seasons, they tend to do quite well at Ewood Park. "It will be a tough encounter - they need the points as much as we do."