Purse strings tightened as Moyes looks for new faces

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Everton will make it clear to Tomasz Radzinski and David Unsworth that they have gone as far as they are able with offers of new contracts.

Both players have been offered extensions to their current deals, Unsworth granted the second year he wanted when he turned down an initial offer earlier this season. But Everton sources claim there is now a "policy" decision that players aged 30 or over will not be offered more than two-year extensions to their contracts.

The manager, David Moyes, has no money available for summer transfers, despite giving the board a wish list of players he would like to bring to Goodison Park this summer.

Striker Radzinski, who has been linked with Blackburn and Portsmouth, has one year left on his deal and has been offered a two-year extension. Moyes confirmed: "We have offered [Radzinski and Unsworth] two-year contracts. It is just a case now of waiting and seeing."

Thomas Gravesen is also set to be offered a new deal over the summer, and Moyes is already scouring the continent in the hope of introducing new faces.

He added: "We are always ready and looking for things that can make the squad better. Everybody knows that finances are tight, and that decision ultimately cannot be made by me."

The fact that no offers will be made to other Everton players out of contract this summer could give some leeway in the wages budget for next season.

Definitely going are Steve Simonsen, Scot Gemmill, Paul Gerrard, Peter Clarke, Francis Jeffers and Niclas Alexandersson, who returns to Sweden.

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