One big piece to David Moyes' summer plans is reportedly coming any day now.
Tim Cahill has agreed to sign a new four-year deal with Everton. The four years should keep the 30-year-old Cahill in Toffee blue the remainder of his career.
Moyes has said that he wants to focus on signing current Everton players to long-term deals, instead of trying to bring in new high-priced players from other teams. The Cahill signing will be a great start to that.
Moyes is hoping the signing of Cahill will be a good indicator to other Everton players that Moyes want to lock up with long-term deals; namely youngster Jack Rodwell, as well as Mikel Arteta and Steven Pienaar.
What is encouraging, and supports the view that Moyes has, is how well the team played the final half of the year. In their final 24 games, Everton lost only twice.
It is not hard to imagine this current group, if healthy, competing for not only a top-seven spot next season, but even competing for the top-four.
Cahill recently told EvertonTV, "The chairman knows my thoughts, I will sign here for life. He knows my thoughts about what I love about this club. I respect everyone so much and hopefully I am here for a long time."
The plan is to get Cahill signed this week.
He wants to go back to Australia and spend a little down time before joining the national team before they head to South Africa. Australia is planning on going to South Africa a little early and playing the United States in a tune-up before the World Cup starts.
Cahill also told EvertonTV, "I have been here for six years and I have grown fonder every year. It is a dream come true and still to this day I enjoy going to training and I enjoy playing with these guys. We are very privileged and it is a massive honor."
Toffee fans will rest easier once Cahill has put ink to paper.