ROD’S TOF­FEES TEMPTER

Midweek Sport - - SPORT - By TI­MOTHY ABRA­HAM

EVER­TON are poised to make an au­da­cious of­fer to bring Jack Rod­well back on loan.

The mid­fielder joined Man City from the Tof­fees in a £15mil­lion deal last sum­mer but strug­gled for form and fit­ness af­ter his ar­rival at the Eti­had. Rod­well played only 11 Pre­mier League games, al­though he ended the sea­son with a flour­ish by scor­ing twice in the 3-2 win over Nor­wich on the last day of the cam­paign. New City boss Manuel Pel­le­grini wants to hang on to Rod­well (left) but is be ready to al­low the player to re­build his con­fi­dence with a loan move.

Ever­ton are in the mar­ket for mid­field re­in­force­ments with the fu­ture of Marouane Fel­laini still up in the air.

And af­ter miss­ing out on Ja­pan star Keisuke Honda to AC Mi­lan, Tof­fees chief Roberto Martinez is eye­ing a loan swoop for Rod­well.

The 22-year-old wants reg­u­lar football to se­cure an Eng­land spot for the 2014 World Cup.

Tim Howard says he will rel­ish the com­pe­ti­tion from Joel Robles.

Martinez snapped up Robles from Atletico Madrid to give USA goal­keeper Howard a ri­val.

But the Yank said: “In or­der to achieve great things, you need qual­ity in num­bers. I don’t think any­one fears com­pe­ti­tion.”

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