Rumours had been rife over the last couple of weeks, but yesterday interim manager David Unsworth said that he believed the former Villa man was on the verge of signing a new contract.
“I believe we are very close which is fantastic news for Everton, the fans and for me because he is a top player,” Unsworth told a news conference on Friday.
“I have watched his performances over the last 18 months and the season he was at Aston VIlla. To tie him down here for a number of years is fantastic.
“He is a good guy as well, really humble and he is going to be a top Everton player.”