If new reports are to be believed, English champions Manchester United are set to lure long-term target Jack Rodwell, who is currently with Everton, next month when the transfer window opens.
Rodwell, 20, who is now part of the senior national team setup, under Italian manager Fabio Capello, has reportedly been long monitored by United and their manager, Sir Alex Ferguson. The latter appears certain he can convince the youngster to swap the blue half of Merseyside for Old Traffod.
Meanwhile, unrelated rumors suggest Rodwell may be selected as part of the English squad for the 2012 European Championships. The young central midfielder is in his fourth season as an Everton regular and may look upon a possible high-profile move in January as the next step in his pursuit of that Euro 2012 spot.
Ferguson has introduced a number of younger players to his squad, over the past few months, including Javier Hernandez, Chris Smalling, David de Gea and Phil Jones, as he looks to build for the future. A move for Rodwell, therefore, would greatly help that cause. The club are still in search of a true out-and-out defensive midfielder and the Everton youngster would appear to be the perfect fit for the role.
Everton are, for now, sitting just above the relegation zone and manager David Moyes has struggled to add big names to the squad mainly due to a lack of funds. Life has been tough for the Liverpool-based team, particularly after the loss of talented Spaniard Mikel Arteta to Arsenal.
United believes a bid of £20 million will be enough to see through a deal that will bring Rodwell to Old Trafford, according to a Caughtoffside report.