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Sources on Twitter are claiming that both Leighton Baines and Ross Barkley have agreed new contracts with Everton.

Baines's existing deal has less than 18 months to run and he has been a target for Manchester United over the past couple of years.

Barkley, meanwhile, has become hot property in what has become his breakout season under Roberto Martinez's tutelage. The 20-year-old has been rewarded with improved terms, partially in order to ward off potential bids from rival clubs for his signature.

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Amy McLoughlin
239 Posted 13/01/2014 at 23:52:15
I hope the rumour about Baines and Barkley are true. Not sure about the Kenwyne Jones rumours though . He is an intimidating striker but is lazy.
Art Jones
242 Posted 13/01/2014 at 23:53:22
If this rumour is true then it's great news but it's not official as yet. I read something yesterday though that said Evertonians would be receiving some really good news today but that was speculation about us signing a striker. I think it's best if we just wait and see, this time of year is usually open day for the false gossip mongers.
Dave Weston
246 Posted 13/01/2014 at 23:56:03
If true, it's good news; it should send a real signal to Moyes and others not worth wasting his breath on making any kind of offers as RM insisted there are no top players for sale at Goodison — gone are the days when we had to sell to survive — according to Moyes Law...
Dave Weston
247 Posted 13/01/2014 at 23:56:03
If true its good news; should send a real signal to Moyes and others not worth wasting his breath on making any kind of offers as RM insisted there are no top players for sale at Goodison-gone are the days when we had to sell to survive according to Moyes Law
Eric Myles
265 Posted 14/01/2014 at 00:51:26
Dave #247, as long as Kenwright is at the Club, we will have to sell to survive.
Darryl Ritchie
282 Posted 14/01/2014 at 03:18:19
I won't believe anything until it's officially announced. Very good news if true!
Harold Matthews
296 Posted 14/01/2014 at 06:24:45
Nani signed a 5-year deal a couple of months ago and there is now talk of him moving back to Portugal.
Geof Thompson
302 Posted 14/01/2014 at 07:39:24
This would be great news if true. It is starting to feel really good in Everton land. And yet I was listening to TalkSport in work last night and they were talking about the battle for fourth and we did not even get a mention! Not even to dismiss us. Oh Lord please let us finish fourth so we can tell the mejaah and journalists and red shite to go fuck shit!
Stewart Lowe
303 Posted 14/01/2014 at 07:42:56
Kenwyne Jones? I think that is a no brainer, and by that I mean get real, he would not improve us. He has flattered to deceive his whole career and you only have to look at his goals ratio to see he is another Carlton Cole. He has scored a meagre 88 goals in 318 games, hasn't Tony Hibbert got a better ratio than that? Steer well clear
Chris James
305 Posted 14/01/2014 at 07:47:31
Both important deals to protect value and show commitment to players. Still think Baines could move in the summer, but with a longer deal it'll ensure we get more than someone in their last 12 months.
Steven Telford
324 Posted 14/01/2014 at 09:09:47
Fingers crossed...
Paul Smith
331 Posted 14/01/2014 at 09:40:59
Would be good news but I've heard that Baines is only a 12-month extension, so sounds more like a clause has been inserted in his contract, but hopefully for top dollar.
Karl Graham
345 Posted 14/01/2014 at 10:30:46
If they both sign new contracts it will show top players believe that something special is happening here. One word of caution it wont stop clubs being interested in them but it will make sure we only have to sell if its on our terms which in Ross's case would be never and Baines would be looking at least £20 million.
Robin Hunuki
366 Posted 14/01/2014 at 11:34:16
I would love to see the boys sign long term contracts. I won't believe it until posted officially, however, it'll be great news if these rumours are true.

Obviously doesn't mean we'll keep them in the summer, however we'll be in a better position to dictate prices if it ever comes to that (which I hope if doesn't!).

Surely taking the piss throwing Kenwyne Jones's name into the mix with EFC... Someone I don't mind is Mame Diouf at Hannover. Looks like Cardiff's new manager is trying to link up with old United players but, after watching a couple games with Diouf, I wouldn't mind having him on board. He's strong can hold the ball up, distribute, and has a good shot on him. Contract up at the end of season as well so maybe something can be done pre-contract, or provide Hannover with a small fee to get him in now... my opinion.

Paul Ritchie
398 Posted 14/01/2014 at 13:04:50
Please no, not K Jones. Just when it feels like we're moving 2 steps forward, rumours like this appear and I worry it's a step back again.

Come on, RM — go for some quality!

Alan Williams
405 Posted 14/01/2014 at 13:24:18
Baines deal is done and will be announced this week, not sure about Barkley & Coleman but expect some news on them both soon, hopefully before end of January. I have also been told Barkley will be back for the RS game and may even make the bench at Stevenage but again this is subject to any relapse on his rehab. Ba from Chelsea was the other rumour being spread down here, much better than that lump from Stoke.
Al Reddish
408 Posted 14/01/2014 at 13:45:17
Kenwright strikes again. When is this buffoon gonna stop offering our best players longer contracts. It just hinders their careers and they should be allowed to move to bigger clubs for small fees. This bloke is the most selfish I have ever come across. FFS Bill its World Cup year don't they deserve to be on a bigger stage.
(D. Moyes)
Geof Thompson
411 Posted 14/01/2014 at 13:56:30
Nice one, Al. :-)
Harold Matthews
417 Posted 14/01/2014 at 14:22:44
Alan. Sky Sports report a broken toe and 3-6 weeks out.
Linda Morrison
473 Posted 14/01/2014 at 16:26:26
Al (408) I nearly had a heart attack reading your post, until I saw the sender, what a good idea!

It is in the local press that Baines and Barkley have indeed signed new deals and that Coleman and Distin are next. This is good news for our club, wherever we end up this season. Keeping our current squad is the first task for Roberto.

Regarding the Barkley foot, it takes 3-6 weeks from the injury happening for healing to take place. He injured it on 4 January in the FA Cup game so already almost 2 weeks have gone; I can see why there may be an outside chance of him playing in the derby.

Whenever he comes back, he needs to get some decent boots as opposed to those ballet pumps that offer no protection.

Ross Edwards
523 Posted 14/01/2014 at 18:33:28
Contracts don't mean anything in football anymore. Look at Bale.

Signed a contract as Spurs for 4 years or a similar length, then strides off to Real Madrid for £85 million a few months later.

Nathan Goulart
557 Posted 14/01/2014 at 19:59:50
I love Baines but I wouldn’t mind him moving on for a great price. Oviedo has impressed me immensely this season and he should be playing every week.
Steven Telford
560 Posted 14/01/2014 at 20:08:29
Ross, when you say "contracts don't mean anything anymore Look at Bale"

Do you suppose spurs would have got that sort of money if he was not in contract.

Contracts still mean a lot in respect of the leverage that they give the selling club, look how united used it to keep Ronaldo an extra year or 2.

Course they mean something

Ross Edwards
564 Posted 14/01/2014 at 20:18:45
Football is all about money Steven.

Are you telling me that, for instance, that Sewer Rat is going to honour a 4 year contract, even if the RS fail to make the Champions League in each year?

Agents have ruined the game. Contracts are insignificant. If your club is struggling, and an agent informs you that a move is possible, a contract is irrelevant in that situation.

Steven Telford
589 Posted 14/01/2014 at 21:28:03
Ross its not about somebody necessarily honouring a contract to it's end of term, its about a club being albeit maintain certain degree of leverage. As much as they can in a post-Bosman world.

If the club plays there cards well, even if they cant keep a guy, they can are still able to cash in on an asset.

You gave the example of Rat-boy, well there you go, that's prime example that directly contracts your statement contracts not meaning anything anymore. They managed to keep him

Steven Telford
721 Posted 15/01/2014 at 09:27:34
sorry meant "able" not "albeit" - typeo
Dan McKie
742 Posted 15/01/2014 at 11:28:10
Transfer window open, and once again we appear more concerned with players that already belong to us. We can give Ross, Baines and Coleman new contracts at any time during the season, but Everton always pick January, so they can parade them as 'practically new signings'. We need a striker ASAP. Even going until the end of January with only Lukaku is a gamble (I don't count Vellios as he is never up to this level).
Phil Walling
744 Posted 15/01/2014 at 11:54:20
Whilst in general agreement that we have little or no chance of claiming a CL place without adding a striker to our squad, I do wonder just who is available to fit this bill.

Totally underwhelmed as most of us are by thoughts of KJ and his ilk, I can only hope that RM has knowledge of some Johnny Foreigner who can really make a contribution.

Perhaps, all things considered, we should be content to see this as a formative season when, at the very least, we've been treated to some cracking football.

Robbie Muldoon
746 Posted 15/01/2014 at 12:10:43
I see the same idiots who got on Martinez's back from the the get-go (completely out of order) are the same ones saying we have no chance of a top 4 finish. Here's hoping you are proved wrong again.

Everton are one of the top 5 clubs in the country, end of. Where this side finishes may just depend on the bounce of a ball or decision of a referee. Either way I am completely proud of how we are playing and we have EVERY chance of a top 4 finish.

Steve Foster
751 Posted 15/01/2014 at 12:50:32
Robbie Muldoon - 746

Here, Here!

Bang On mate

David Finney
752 Posted 15/01/2014 at 12:57:13
Just been reported on the BBC Sport website that Baines will sign a new long term contract.
James Byrne
757 Posted 15/01/2014 at 13:15:39
Let's hope Baines signs soon and seals his future at our great club. It will be like a new signing and a huge two fingers to Manure and OFM.
Tony Draper
759 Posted 15/01/2014 at 13:07:38
Robbie @746
Post more frequently mate
Yep, more frequently

There will inevitably be these bloody doom mongers, preaching failure and hand wringing gratitude that we so, so, so, fortunately avoided eternal damnation in keeping with OFM Pvt Frazer's "Undertaker Mentality".

Perhaps, just perhaps, there are other possible outcomes?

Bloody hell, this "deranged Spanish lad" managing us now (pleasant and affable though he is) has made complete fools of us all by imagining that taking 3pts at the "Theatre of Yesterday's Dreams" was even possible

Let's not get carried away, please ?
Anyway must go now, I'm just watching this movie about forlorn hope "Eleven Years A Slave".

Harold Matthews
768 Posted 15/01/2014 at 13:28:07
Plenty of positivity about. Thanks lads. I've been a bit down since hearing about the busted toe.

Found an interesting piece by Gwillem Salague on Deulofeu. Reckons Barca can only use one free spirit and it's Messi. Everton is the perfect club for his developement and he'll probably stay for another year. and gradually learn to close down and regain the ball.

Phil Walling
777 Posted 15/01/2014 at 14:25:29
Robbie, as one of the idiots to whom you refer, I wish you well in the dream world you inhabit !

Of course I would love to see us qualify for CL but it would be a bonus rather than a given right as you seem to believe.

By your reckoning, we may well be one of 'the top five clubs in the country' but our balance sheet and financial backing does not support that statement.

You may well regard Roberto as the football equivalent of Dynamo but, in reality, he is just a pretty good football manager.

Patrick Murphy
781 Posted 15/01/2014 at 14:40:41
Have I fallen into a time-warm are we in 1914? I thought that is when the term Johnny Foreigner had gone out of fashion. Just a thought.

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