Moyes hopeful over Arteta
By Alex Dunn
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
David Moyes told <EM>Sky Sports News</EM> that he is hopeful of landing Mikel Arteta.Everton boss David Moyes has told Sky Sports News that he is still hopeful of landing Mikel Arteta on a permanent basis.
The Real Sociedad midfielder spent the close of last season on loan at Goodison Park and impressed sufficiently for Moyes to make a concrete offer.
However, the two parties failed to concur on a fee and the situation with regards to the 23-year-old schemer has currently reached an impasse.
Despite a lack of progress being made between the two clubs, Moyes is still confident that the player could be at Everton for the start of next season.
''We've been speaking throughout the summer but at the moment the demands are a little too excessive for us,'' Moyes told Sky Sports News.
''But we'd like to bring him here and we told him that at the end of the season.
''Hopefully, that will be one player we can move for before the start of the season.''
Despite Moyes' optimism that a deal can be struck, the player himself, who still has a three-year contract in Spain, has confirmed that if he has to return to Sociedad - then so be it.
"I chose to join this club last summer and to say that I am disappointed to be back would be disrespectful to Real," explained Arteta.
"It does not inspire to be upset about coming back, although I did not enjoy myself when I was not playing here at the beginning of last season.''
Moyes continued to reveal that he is also hopeful of bringing Valencia duo Mohamed Sissoko and Emiliano Moretti to the club, despite the fact that both players have intimated a desire to remain at the Estadio Mestalla.
''They are both players we have enquired about,'' concluded Moyes.
''Hopefully we'll have some news shortly.''