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David Moyes delays Everton contract talks until after transfer window

David Moyes will not discuss a new contract with Everton until the January transfer window has closed and admits the club's ability to retain its finest talent will influence his final decision.

The Everton manager is out of contract at the end of the season and has resisted extending his 10-year career at Goodison Park as he awaits new investment and the impact of the new Premier League television deal on the club's finances. Moyes is braced for January bids for Marouane Fellaini and possibly Leighton Baines, who is subject of talk of renewed interest from Manchester United despite the Old Trafford club making no approach for the defender last summer, and admits the success or otherwise of the next transfer window will have a bearing on his Everton future.

"I will probably wait until we have got over January and see how things go," said Moyes. "I want to see what we're going to do and where the club are looking to move to in the future. And that's what I'm really looking for as well. It's probably going to be after the new year before we speak [with chairman Bill Kenwright]."

Everton entertain Arsenal on Wednesday in fifth position in the Premier League, despite winning only one of their last seven matches. And Moyes believes a sustained challenge for Champions League qualification is key to convincing his best players to remain at Goodison.

He said: "I think most people would say the Everton job looks as though it is a good job and we've got a good team. It has taken a long time to get to this point but what we're looking to do at Everton is get to the point where it's easy to keep all our good players. That obviously means getting to the summit or getting around the summit."

As for the prospect of the £5.5bn television deal for 2013-16 impacting on his January transfer budget, Moyes added: "It might help remove some of our debt problems but I really don't know. I would have thought it makes Everton a really good-looking club and an attractive proposition."

Everton would move four points clear of Arsenal with victory at Goodison but Moyes is dismayed by the criticism Arsène Wenger received from some supporters at Villa Park on Saturday. The Everton manager said: "Arsène has done a great job getting them in the Champions League every year. Of course supporters want trophies but you look at their stadium and it is unbelievable. Only one or two clubs in the country would not be envious of that stadium.

"He has put down something that is going to be there for a long, long time. Arsène is part of that. He has seen the club through the transition from Highbury to the Emirates and continually got a team that has made the Champions League. Arsène can go as long as he wants. Arsène Wenger will be the one who decides what he does at Arsenal. I don't think it will be the board or the supporters."

Powered by Guardian.co.ukThis article was written by Andy Hunter, for guardian.co.uk on Tuesday 27th November 2012 22.30 Europe/London

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