Old Trafford side set sights on Goodison Park youngster.
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has earmarked a summer move for Everton midfielder Jack Rodwell and is ready to test the Merseyside club’s resolve with a £25m bid for the England international.
Having tracked the 20 year old for the best part of two years Ferguson has watched on as the Southport born defensive midfielder has developed from a raw inconsistent battler with obvious potential into a mature performer who is now part of the senior England set-up and a possible member of the Fabio Capello’s Euro 2012 finals squad.
Ferguson has brought in a number of top notch young talents over the past couple of years and sees the Everton man as the next part of his long term Man United jigsaw. The Old Trafford boss lacks a player of his type, a strong determined customer who is the kind of box to box midfielder he has been looking to bring in to add more steel and grit to the centre of his midfield.
Though Rodwell is tied to a long term contract the Man United manager is convinced he can lure the England man and given the financial predicament Everton find themselves in, a big money offer may well be accepted by chairman Bill Kenwright, especially if the Merseyside club does not achieve a finish that secures a European qualification spot.
Currently David Moyes’s side sits just above the relegation zone after a mixed campaign and the Scot has struggled to improve his squad due to the lack of funds available to him. Indeed Everton were the only Premier League club to not spend a single penny on new signings and also lost the mercurial talents of Mikel Arteta to Arsenal to boot.
Ferguson has brought in the likes of Javier Hernandez, Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and David de Gea and been encouraged by the development of some of his academy graduates, especially by Danny Welbeck and Tom Cleverley and now the veteran manager wants to bring in Rodwell to further populate a squad he looks to build to achieve long term success both domestically and on the continent.