Everton join Ramsey race

04 June 2008 04:12
Everton have entered the race to sign Cardiff City's highly-rated teenager Aaron Ramsey and have had a £5million bid for the midfielder accepted by the Championship side. Everton have now been given permission to talk to the 17-year-old about a possible move to Goodison Park. Manchester United have also had a bid for Ramsey accepted, while Arsenal and Liverpool are also believed to be keen to sign the Wales Under-21 international. Ramsey made his first-team debut for the Bluebirds at the end of the 2006-07 season and has gone on to make 21 more appearances for Dave Jones' side, coming on as a substitute in last month's FA Cup Final defeat to Portsmouth. He was in Wales' senior squad for the two recent friendlies against Iceland and Holland although he was not used by boss John Toshack. Toshack recently warned that Ramsey needs to be playing regular first-team football to continue his progress. He said: "If they're going to move to a bigger club or a higher division, it's obviously in our interests that they're sent out on loan. "It's important that they're playing regularly because, if not, the step up becomes difficult. "We've had examples here where we've had young lads come in, had moves and it hasn't always been positive from our point of view. "We've had David Cotterill go to Wigan and not play that much and Chris Gunter, who's been outstanding in the games for us, but moved to Tottenham and hasn't got the amount of football we'd like."

Source: ESA