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Toffees offer 5m for Blades runner

16 Jun 2009 17:52:48

Toffees offer 5m for Blades runner

The 20-year-old is one of the most promising talents outside the Premier League and has been linked with a move to the top flight this summer. After impressing in the Blades' ultimately unsuccessful bid for promotion from the Championship, Naughton is reportedly a target for Aston Villa, Mark Hughes' big-spending City and their neighbours United. However, Everton tried to pip their top-flight rivals to the right-back's signature after lodging an offer with the Blades. Toffees manager David Moyes is willing to pay an initial £3.5million for Naughton, with incentives eventually taking the deal to £5million. Blades boss Kevin Blackwell said last week that he was confident of keeping the youngster over the summer - and his club have rejected Everton's opening offer.


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