Arteta calls for new signings
By Tom Adams
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Mikel Arteta hopes Everton can convince some new faces to join him at Goodison.Mikel Arteta hopes Everton can convince some new faces to join him in committing to David Moyes' plans at Goodison.
The Spanish midfielder, along with team-mate Tim Cahill, signed a new five-year deal on Friday to dismiss any speculation linking him with a move back to his home country.
Securing the two key performers was a huge boost for Moyes ahead of a Uefa Cup campaign next season, and Arteta hopes the club will make some ambitious new signings to further their cause in the coming months.
"There was a lot of speculation about my future but I said from the start I wanted to stay here," said Arteta.
"Hopefully we can get more good players here as well because it is going to be a very busy season ahead of us.
"I think the club wants to move forward and bring in more players."
Everton are expected to step up their efforts to sign Phil Jagielka from Sheffield United now a £4million release clause has been activated in his contract after The Blades' failed appeal against their relegation.
Whilst Moyes is remaining quiet over any potential arrivals, the Scot was happy to wax lyrical about the club's success in securing Cahill and Arteta to long-term deals.
"It is good news regarding Tim and Mikel and credit to the board," said Moyes.
"They have made sure they get the players good contracts and we now have the nucleus of a good young squad of players and we want to keep them all."