Everton boss Roberto Martinez has revealed that star midfielder Ross Barkley is set to be rewarded with a new deal at Goodison Park.
The talented footballer has largely impressed this season and he has played a key role in helping the Toffees mount a serious top 4 bid.
He is also being tipped to make England World Cup squad, with 5/6 odds suggesting he has a good chance of being on the plane to Brazil.
With Everton just one point behind fourth-placed Manchester City after the 1-1 draw at the Emirates, they are priced at 4/1 to achieve a top 4 finish.
Manager Roberto Martinez has hinted that Ross Barkley and Sylvain Distin could be signing new deals with the club in the near future.
“You can imagine we are always working behind the scenes to try to reward youngsters who do well at the club, and Ross is clearly that.
“There is nothing to announce but, even when you don’t speak about issues, we work hard to make sure that the youngsters get rewarded and Ross clearly deserves that.
“Sylvain has been a terrific performer this season and we couldn’t be happier with his role at the club. All these issues are vital for us and we are going to look after them straight after this Christmas period.”
Excellent performances on the road against reigning champions Manchester United and current leaders Arsenal have proved the Toffees have got what it takes to match the best sides in the league, and this could be the perfect time to back them for glory.
Namely, Everton will not be facing any of the teams placed in top 7 in the next seven Premier League fixtures, meaning they have an excellent opportunity to cement the high position in the standings, starting with the home game against Fulham, where they are 1/3 to return to winning ways.