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Jack Rodwell signs new five-year Everton deal

Football - England Under 21 Training

It's the news we have all been waiting for!

Hot on the heels of Seamus Coleman and Tim Cahill, it is being reported that Jack Rodwell has become the latest player to commit his future to the club by signing a long-term deal.

The Guardian reports that the England Under-21 international has signed a fiver year contract worth £30,000 a week, ending any speculation of a move to Manchester United or Arsenal.

I'm sure all Blues fans will agree this is great news. Rodwell has been long admired by the clubs coaching staff and from what we have seen over the past two years he has the potential to become an Everton great - I only hope he sticks around long enough to do so!

Certainly full England honours will be coming, I predict he will be a member of the Three Lions Euro 2010 squad such has been his rapid progress over the past two seasons.

I have said in other blog entries that I believe Everton's first XI is good enough to challenge for a top four place, so David Moyes' main priority this summer is to keep that team together. The new deals for Cahill, Coleman and Rodwell are huge steps in the right direction.

Sadly the situation with Steven Pienaar looks a little different, with the South African saying he and the club are still far apart in terms of valuation.

He will hope a good World Cup will either make Everton offer him more money or tempt a club to put in a bid. With Everton's finances they way they are I can't see them breaking the wage structure so sadly I think Pienaar will be off.

If we get a good transfer fee though it will still represent a huge profit on a player we signed for just £2.5milllion three years ago and if Moyes can hunt out a few more bargains with the money, we could start the season stronger in his absence then if he stays.