Toffees stick £30million price tag on United target Rodwell
Published 23:00 13/02/10 By Alex Shaw
Manchester United have been quoted a staggering £30million if they want to lure Everton starlet Jack Rodwell to Old Trafford.
Sir Alex Ferguson is a long-term admirer of the Everton centre-back and is planning to establish an English core to his United defence for years to come.
He has already signed Fulham’s Chris Smalling - now the United manager wants to finish his rebuilding by signing Rodwell, 18.
Everton are reluctant to sell but the Toffees have a good relationship with United.
David Moyes was furious with the way Manchester City conducted themselves in their pursuit of Joleon Lescott, though he eventually sold the England defender for £24m.
A Goodison insider said: “Jack is one of the brightest talents here but, although David Moyes wants to keep him, everyone has a price.
“It will take big money to sign him and United are interested. He [Alex Ferguson] has a good relationship with the Everton manager, unlike what happened in the summer with City.”