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Everton ready to secure Ross Barkley on long-term deal

Everton ready to secure Ross Barkley on long-term dealRoss Barkley's emergence at Everton is to be rewarded with a second contract in 12 months as David Moyes looks to secure the richly talented midfielder on a new long-term deal.

The Everton youngster signed the first professional contract of his career three days after his 17th birthday last December, a two-and-a-half year deal that was the maximum period he could sign for at the time. At 18, however, there are no such limitations and Everton intend to hand Barkley – who has only three first-team starts to his name yet has already been linked with Manchester United and Chelsea – a long-term contract on improved terms.

Barkley's fellow midfielder Jack Rodwell will discover on Tuesday afternoon whether the Football Association has rescinded the red card he received in the Merseyside derby defeat to Liverpool. Rodwell was dismissed by the referee Martin Atkinson after 23 minutes on Saturday for a clean challenge on the Liverpool striker Luis Suárez and will miss two games against Chelsea, in the Premier League and Carling Cup, plus a visit to Fulham if the decision is not overturned.

Everton, who have yet to discover if the FA will take action after objects were thrown at Liverpool players towards the end of the derby, have submitted their appeal and evidence in support of Rodwell despite Moyes's initial reservations over the appeal process.

Tim Cahill has been ruled out of Australia's forthcoming World Cup qualifiers against Malaysia and Oman having undergone a second scan on the ankle he injured at Manchester City on 24 September. Cahill was injured by Vincent Kompany at the Etihad Stadium but played with the injury in the Merseyside derby only to suffer a reaction that necessitated further investigation on Sunday. The Australia international has been advised to undergo 10 days of rest and rehabilitation ahead of the trip to Stamford Bridge on 15 October.

Everton, despite not making a permanent addition to Moyes's first-team squad this year, have beaten Tottenham Hotspur and several clubs to the signature of the 15-year-old Bradford City midfielder George Green in a deal that could eventually be worth £2m.

Bradford are to receive an initial £300,000 instalment for the Dewsbury-born teenager, reportedly scouted by more than 20 clubs in recent months, plus significant add-ons based on appearances, contracts signed and international recognition. They have also negotiated a sell-on clause from any future transfer fee.

City's head of football development, Archie Christie, who negotiated the transfer with Moyes at Goodison Park on Saturday, said: "This is one of the highest deals ever for a 15-year-old from a League Two club. But George is the best I've seen in his position at his age. He could become another Wayne Rooney or Paul Gascoigne."

Powered by Guardian.co.ukThis article was written by Andy Hunter, for The Guardian on Monday 3rd October 2011 22.30 Europe/London

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