Everton’s efforts to tie Alex Iwobi down to a new deal are ongoing.

Everton remain in talks with Alex Iwobi over a new contract, as reported by the Liverpool Echo. Iwobi has one year remaining on his current deal at Goodison Park, and Sean Dyche is determined to keep the player at the club for the long-term.

Talks with Iwobi have been going on for some time, but no resolution has yet been reached. Dyche has said that the situation is “an ongoing process, not just with him but with every player whose contract has either got a renegotiation or a question mark or time lapse.”

However, the Everton boss will be keen to strike an agreement sooner rather than later so that the discussions don’t become a distraction to the 27-year-old.

Iwobi’s current terms with the Merseyside outfit are worth £120,000-a-week, according to Spotrac, which will represent a significant burden for the club. However, Iwobi’s importance has only increased in recent seasons.

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Iwobi’s growing influence at Everton

Everton paid £35 million to prise Iwobi away from Arsenal in 2019, and it took the player a while to find his feet at Goodison Park. However, his versatility has made him a key figure for the Toffees over the course of the last couple of seasons. He arrived as a winger, but has shone as a wing-back, and as a central midfielder, recently.

Last season, Iwobi made 38 Premier League appearances for the club. The 63-cap Nigeria international is a creative outlet for Dyche’s side, and he works hard to ensure that his defensive duties also get done.

To lose Iwobi on a free transfer would be a huge blow, and would send out a disconcerting message that Everton are unable to hold on to their top talents. Iwobi is in the prime of his career and the Toffees must do all they can to ensure they don’t miss out on his best years as a player.

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