No approach for Rodwell - Moyes

20 December 2011 03:46

Everton manager David Moyes has dismissed speculation linking Chelsea with a 20million bid for midfielder Jack Rodwell.

Reports have suggested the England Under-21 international, who made his debut for Fabio Capello's senior squad last month, is a priority target for Blues boss Andre Villas-Boas when the transfer window opens in January.

Moyes, however, insists there has been no contact from Stamford Bridge regarding the 20-year-old, and said: "I have had no offers, no contact from Chelsea - there would not be any other words I could add to that. There is nothing from me. We've had no phone call."

Everton's difficult financial situation has been well documented with chairman Bill Kenwright still trying to find a buyer for the club.

They signed only two loan players in August having sold Mikel Arteta, Jermaine Beckford and Ayegbeni Yakubu for about £16million.

While that may make other clubs feel Everton are vulnerable to big-money offers for their best players Moyes has reiterated his stance that no-one would be sold on the cheap.

"We've always said if anyone wants to bid for the players we can't stop that happening but what we do do is sell expensively," he said. "If we are sellers we are always expensive sellers."

Moyes also confirmed his interest in Cliftonville teenager Rory Donnelly, who has also been linked with neighbours Liverpool while Swansea have had a £100,000 bid accepted already.

"We are in there trying to see what the situation is," added Moyes. "The chairman spoke with their chairman there so we are around that as well.

"I am hoping to be able to add to the squad if I can but we don't have bundles of cash so we'll try to do what we can and look to an alternative market to try to get players in."

Source: PA