Old Trafford boss lines up move for Goodison Park starlet Jack Rodwell.
MANCHESTER UNITED are eyeing a bid for Everton teenager Jack Rodwell.
Boss Alex Ferguson is set to offer £10million plus out-of-favour Michael Carrick before the window closes tomorrow.
Everton are desperate to hold on to the Under-21 ace but may find the deal too tempting.
Rodwell, 19, is a central midfielder but can also play at centre-half and has been compared to a young Rio Ferdinand.
United have been unsure whether to go for the player now or wait until the end of this campaign when he has another season under his belt.
But they fear in a year’s time his value will have rocketed which is why they may move before the transfer window closes.
Rodwell has been at Goodison since he was seven and became the club’s youngest player in Europe when he was 16.
He made his Premier League debut in March 2008 and scored last season in their 3-1 home win over United. (The Sun)
Is this a deal that might present David Moyes with a quandary? Probably not. Michael Carrick had a average season last term and is far from his best and at 29 may not seem a good makeweight in a deal that would see teenager Rodwell move in the other direction. Having secured the 19 year old to a long term deal gives the Goodison Park side room to manoeuvre, but what happens if the youngster expresses his desire to leave Everton?
It seems that at present the England Under 21 international is happy learning his trade as a Toffee but it must only be a matter of time before a ‘bigger’ club comes along and snaps him up, such is the way of the world in the Premier League today.
The fact that the Merseyside club have a had pretty poor start to the season doesn’t help matters. Having picked up only one point from three relatively easy opening fixtures against Blackburn, Wolves and Aston Villa may make the Southport born youngster consider his options but any move for the talented midfielder may well be further down the road.