Long-term Everton target set to reject Premier League switch

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first_img1 Cedric Soares in action for Sporting Lisbon Long-term Everton target Cedric Soares is set to reject a move to the Premier League and instead sign a new contract with Sporting Lisbon.The Toffees have been tracking the highly-rated Portugal international for some time and manager Roberto Martinez is keen to add much-needed cover in defence with John Stones out until February.Martinez has had to call upon veteran full-back Tony Hibbert this season and youngster Tyias Browning to solve injury problems in defence, and he is concerned his team need more reinforcements to cope with the extra demands of Europa League football.However, despite firm interest from the Blues and Scottish Premiership side Celtic, Soares now looks certain to stay with the Primeira Liga giants and pen a three-year contract extension to his existing deal which expires in June 2016.According to Portuguese newspaper A Bola, Soares’ £15m price tag has deterred the Merseysiders from bidding for the full-back up until now and the 23-year-old is ready to commit his future to the club where he began his career.last_img

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