Cahill close to new Toffees deal

Everton are hopeful of agreeing a new long-term contract with midfield star Tim Cahill before he heads off to play for Australia at this summer's World Cup finals.

The 30-year-old still has another two years of his current deal still to run, with a further two-year extension close to being agreed.

Chief executive Robert Elstone told the club's official website:"We are at an advanced stage of negotiation with Tim and his representatives.

"We would be hopeful of concluding an extension to Tim's current deal and put pen to paper on a new four-year contract before he departs for the World Cup."

Meanwhile, boss David Moyes was pleased with his side's winning end to the season, as a last-minute Diniyar Bilyaletdinov strike secured a 1-0 victory at home to Portsmouth.

The Scot said:"I think in the second half of the season we have looked like a top-four side. I just feel that if we are going to continue to play good football we will need something at the top end to get us regular goals.

"I think we have tried to do the right thing and to finish eighth and for us all to be disappointed, shows how far we've come.

"That is a good thing because the players feel they have not quite achieved what we expect."

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