Moyes to keep control of summer spending on transfers

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David Moyes last night promised not to jeopardise Everton's long-term future to chase Champions' League success.

David Moyes last night promised not to jeopardise Everton's long-term future to chase Champions' League success.

Everton's penultimate game of a memorable season takes them to Arsenal knowing that, whatever the outcome at Highbury tonight, they will be competing in Europe's most lucrative and prestigious competition next season after beating their neighbours, Liverpool, in the battle to finish fourth.

That high position guarantees Everton £8.5m in prize-money while they are also due another payment following Wayne Rooney's move to Old Trafford. Yet while Moyes is anticipating a busy summer in the wake of the club's new-found wealth, the Scot has not forgotten Everton's financial state of 12 months ago when the club was forced to cash in on Rooney.

The Everton manager plans to spend substantially more than the £2.45m he paid for Tim Cahill and Marcus Bent last close season, with Chelsea's midfielder Scott Parker high on his wanted list. But he has warned fans expecting a wave of multi-million pound arrivals to forget it.

"We're looking at a lot of names and sending scouts to a lot of games," said Moyes. "There's no doubt we need new additions but that's more to do with the size of squad than anything else. Only last summer we were in a terrible condition and I can't go and spend a fortune now. I won't put the club in jeopardy. We won't be spending to make us into a Champions' League team."

Moyes has been inundated with messages of congratulations from former Everton managers and famous supporters. Matt Dawson, who helped England win the Rugby Union World Cup in 2003, was one of the first to phone Moyes after Liverpool's defeat at Arsenal on Sunday confirmed Everton's place in the Champions' League.

Walter Smith, in charge at Goodison Park for four years before Moyes, has also been in touch. Yet Moyes, driven by an insatiable appetite to build on the good work of this season, already has his eye on next year.

"My first task next season will be to keep Everton in the Premiership," added Moyes, whose side have won 18 of the 35 League games they have played since losing 4-1 at home to Arsenal in August.

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