EVERTON'S hopes of recruiting Matthew Kilgallon have been handed a boost with the defender agreeing to remain at Sheffield United until the end of the season.
Kilgallon rejected a contract extension at Bramall Lane in October alerting a host of clubs, including Everton, to his possible availability during January.
As his current deal runs out this summer, Blues boss David Moyes could now land the highly-rated player on a free.
'We have spoken to Kevin Blackwell to say Matthew is fully committed to Sheffield United until the end of the season,' Kilgallon's agent Paul Masterton said.
'Matthew is keen to win promotion with Sheffield United, if that happens we will re-assess the options in the summer.'
However, with Blades manager Blackwell admitting the Yorkshire outfit are unable to match the kind of lucrative terms on offer at a host of clubs who have been closely monitoring Kilgallon's situation, the player is likely to be elsewhere next season.
That is good news for Moyes who is said to be keen on pairing the 25-year-old with his former central defensive partner Phil Jagielka at Goodison Park.