Goodison Park boss needs star to sign new contract.
Everton manager David Moyes admits he may be forced to sell midfielder Marouane Fellaini unless he signs a new contract before next summer.
The 23-year-old has two-years remaining on his current deal and has been in talks with the Merseyside club for the past six months.
The Belgium international is idolised by the Blues support and considered one of the club’s most important players, according to the Daily Mirror.
Moyes is confident an agreement is ‘close’ but concedes if the player reaches January without committing to the club the long term, he will have no option but to sell him next summer.
The Toffees are wary after having to sell midfielder Steven Pienaar to Tottenham last January, after he insisted he was close to signing a new contract but then stalled at the last minute.
Fellaini is a valuable asset, with both Chelsea and Spurs expressing interest, but Moyes will fight to keep him.
The Goodison Park boss will not want to lose another star player having lost Mikel Arteta to Arsenal at the end of last month’s transfer window.
Moyes insists it was his decision alone to sell the Spaniard – because Arteta wanted to go and it represented a good deal – but the Scot hopes it does not set a precedent.
“Yes, there is a danger that selling Mikel could set a precedent, but I hope not,” Moyes said. “I would like to think we can hang onto our best players.
“But there is always a danger when someone goes after saying they want to leave that it could set a precedent, and we will have to be careful of that.”