Belfast Telegraph

Moyes fear over selling prospects

Everton boss David Moyes fears he may have to sell players to keep pace in the Barclays Premier League.

The Toffees can finish no higher than their current seventh as they wrap up their campaign with a visit from Newcastle on Sunday. That would match last season's effort but Moyes reluctantly feels it may take some shrewd buying and selling to maintain that position or make the next step.

The Scot said: "You never want to lose the players you have got, they are vitally important. We've brought them here, nurtured them, brought a lot of them on and we hope we are able to keep them. We might now be in a situation where we have to start trading players more than we would like to - but that is the way things go."

Moyes endured more than two years of frustration in the transfer market - relying on loans and cut-price or free deals - before last January due to financial restrictions at the club.

But in the last transfer window he was able to prove how adept he can be by bringing in Darron Gibson and Nikica Jelavic, as well as Steven Pienaar on loan, to kickstart his side's hitherto stuttering season.

Moyes said: "In the last window we bought well and showed we didn't need a great deal of cash to turn things around. We sold Diniyar Bilyaletdinov and with that money brought in Gibson and Jelavic, and Pienaar on loan.

"I have really enjoyed the way we have played since January, it has given me a great thrill. And more so because I feel I have been able to give the supporters something back.

"At the start of the year I don't think I would have come and watched - there was nothing to excite me. People were saying we were dull, but there is nobody that wants to see attacking play and goals more than me."

When it comes to player trading, Moyes believes there is no better example of how it can be done than Sunday's opponents Newcastle. The Magpies travel to Goodison Park hoping to wrap up a superb campaign by securing a Champions League qualifying place.

Moyes said: "They got a big buy off Andy Carroll which gave them some cash to go and spend and it changed things around. That gave them the opportunity to do that and they have spent it very well."

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