Everton's Rodwell Is Not Going To Follow in Wayne Rooney's Footsteps

Ron FurlongAnalyst IIMay 21, 2010

WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND - MARCH 27: George Elokobi of Wolves is challenged by Jack Rodwell of Everton during the Barclays Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Everton at Molineux on March 27, 2010 in Wolverhampton, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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Jack Rodwell is reportedly set to ignore interest from Chelsea and Manchester United and sign a new contract with Everton.

Mirror Football is reporting that Rodwell will sign the new contract within 48 hours.

The resigning will be huge for Everton, as many were reporting the Blues would lose the talented mid-fielder; much the same way they did when 18 year old Wayne Rooney left for United.

David Moyes, as he promised, has been busy resigning players. The new deal with Rodwell, if it happens as reported, will come just days after Everton resigned midfielder Tim Cahill and right-back Seamus Coleman. Both signed four year deals.

Mikel Arteta is believed to be next up on the list to get resigned. Moyes and Everton are beginning to think they may lose Steven Pienaar. The South African turned down a deal after the season and wants to wait until the World Cup is over before talking about a new contract. The Blues believe Pienaar is attempting to raise his stock to other teams by playing well at the World Cup.

As far as bringing in new players, The Liverpool Echo is reporting that Everton is very interested in 23 year old Ajax defender Jan Vertonghen; and apparently the Belgian international is interested in Everton as well.

Jan Vertonghen would add some quality and depth for Moyes. He is under contract with his Dutch club through 2013.

Moyes is also still interested in Cardiff's Joe Ledley. Fulham and Blackburn are also known to be high on the 23 year old, who's contract is up with Cardiff.

David Moyes is not having much downtime yet this summer, which is good news for Toffee fans.