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Toffees target Arteta deal
11 May 2007 - 09:14:09
Everton have confirmed that they have already opened talks over a new contract with Mikel Arteta, despite the midfielder having another three years left on his current deal.
The 25-year-old Spaniard has been a major hit at Goodison Park since his arrival from Real Sociedad in January 2005, but continues to be linked with a return to his homeland.
Toffees chief executive Keith Wyness told Sky Sports: "We've been in discussions already.
"In fact we're in constant discussions with Mikel and I'm sure that we'll get the right outcome."
Arteta has scored 13 times in 88 appearances for the Toffees, including nine goals this term as Everton have all but secured a UEFA Cup spot.
Meanwhile, Wyness also confirmed that his club are keen to add further quality to their squad this summer.
He added: "We're aware obviously of what's needed and we're working hard to make sure David Moyes gets the support he's had over the last few years.
"We are in the market for quality players. Targets come and go at this time of the transfer window, but we're very active on a few fronts."