Manchester City are poised to complete the signing of Jack Rodwell after Everton accepted an “undisclosed” bid for the midfielder. Rodwell will head to Manchester for a medical with the Premier League champions on Sunday, prior to completing the move. A statement on the Toffees’ official website said: “Everton have agreed an undisclosed fee with Manchester City for the transfer of Jack Rodwell. The midfielder is set to undergo a medical with the Premier League champions on Sunday.” The fee is thought to be in the region of £15 million for a player who will fight for a central midfield berth at the Etihad Stadium with the likes of Gareth Barry, Nigel De Jong and Yaya Toure. Rodwell won his first England cap last season and was widely tipped to feature at Euro 2012 and the Olympics before injury ruled him out of contention.
The 21-year-old is a full England international, making his debut at Wembley against Spain last November, although there has been speculation over the last 18 months that his club manager, David Moyes, has been disappointed with his rate of progress. The player is expected to be a regular international in the future and is a popular figure at Goodison Park after joining the club aged 7. Mancini was delighted to announce the signing, describing Rodwell as an “important player.” “We consider Jack Rodwell to be a good, young player,” he said. He continued, “We need someone who wants to win, is good tactically and is a good player for the future. I am sure that in a couple of years he will be a top, strong midfielder because he has good quality. We are looking for other players, I don’t know which players. I don’t want to say, speak to [City’s chief football operations officer] Brian Marwood. I am waiting and tomorrow we will have time to talk about new players.” “Obviously I would have liked to have played but I feel like I’m in the right place now,” Rodwell said. “I’m feeling fit, I’m doing a good pre-season and hopefully I’m ready to go for the first game of the season. “I just want to stay injury-free and get a good run of games because everyone wants to stay injury-free.”
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is known to be a long-time admirer of Rodwell but with the Red Devils and Chelsea both believed to have expressed an interest, City have moved swiftly to land the England international. The fee is thought to be in the region of £15 million for a player who will fight for a central midfield berth at the Etihad Stadium with the likes of Gareth Barry, Nigel De Jong and Yaya Toure. Rodwell has been a long-term target of Manchester United – with Chelsea also credited with a persistent interest – but City have moved quickly to secure the versatile player and bolster their midfield ranks. Manager Roberto Mancini is also keen to adhere to Premier League squad rules, with Rodwell’s homegrown status almost as valuable as the qualities he will bring to the squad.