Moyes warned off £15m swoop as defender offered new contract

Seamus Coleman for Republic of Ireland

Everton have moved to prevent losing Seamus Coleman to Manchester United by offering the Irishman a new contract at Goodison Park.

Coleman, 25, has been one of the stars of the season for the Toffees, developing into one of the top right backs in the Premier League under Roberto Martinez, and his impact was shown with a dramatic late winner in Everton's 2-1 win over Cardiff City last weekend.

The Irish international has converted from right midfield to a defensive role, and has excelled, forming a dangerous full back duo with Leighton Baines - which has been a large part of Everton's success this season.

But Coleman's impressive displays haven't gone unnoticed, with Arsenal, AC Milan and Manchester United - managed by Coleman's former Everton boss David Moyes - all reportedly interested in submitting a summer bid for the right back. As a result, Everton manager Martinez has confirmed that the club intends to offer Coleman a new contract.

"We won't offer encouragement to any club over Seamus. He is on a long-term contract and we want to ensure we grow together and we need players like Seamus. Yes, it is the intention to offer him a new contract. We are already thinking about Seamus, Ross (Barkley) and John Stones."

"That is something we will look at this summer. They are players with long-term contracts. It is not a decision just to keep them at the club; it just highlights the next step of their development and rewards them for their performances. Seamus has got a long-term contract. James (McCarthy) and Ross are the same. But we want to reward them."

The news will come as a blow to Manchester United boss Moyes, who had reportedly lined up Coleman to replace Rafael at right back for the Red Devils, with the Brazilian having an inconsistent season and little depth behind him in the United ranks.

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