Date:12th May 2011 at 2:56am
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Jack Rodwell

Is it worth taking on the 'noisy neighbours' for the Evertonian?

Long term United target could be heading to Eastlands this Summer according to reports.

The Everton midfielder has been touted as a favourite of Sir Alex Ferguson’s but it seems City are attempting to launch their own bid.

The  Mail reports:

“Manchester City will begin preparations for life in the Champions League by bidding for Everton’s Jack Rodwell.

“The England Under 21 midfielder had been expected to sign for Manchester United this summer but interest from Old Trafford has waned in recent months.

“City, though, have been tracking Rodwell as Roberto Mancini reshapes his squad for the stiff challenges they will face next season.

“Everton have repeatedly maintained that they do not want to lose their best players and Rodwell undoubted falls into that category.

“But manager David Moyes will have to raise money in order to revamp his own squad and Rodwell, who only signed a five-year deal 12 months ago, would command a transfer fee in the region of £20million.

“Money is not a problem for the FA Cup finalists but they could try to tempt Everton with a cash-plus-player deal that may feature Emmanuel Adebayor or Craig Bellamy.

“Rodwell’s progress this season has been compromised by a series of fitness problems and he has scored only one goal in 26 appearances.

Although Rodwell is still only 20 years old and will obviously develop, I can’t help but feeling he has been over-hyped somewhat. Last season he looked far more impressive in the few games I saw him, than he  has when I’ve watched him this time round.

With the likes of Paul Pogba and Ryan Tunnicliffe coming through the youth ranks, do United really need to spend 20 odd million on a player who at times looks inferior- albeit at a much higher level- than either of those two youngsters? I’m not so sure we do.

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