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EVERTON are trying to extend Brian McBride's Everton career by a further two years.
The American striker -a big hit on-loan at Goodison - has just two more games remaining of his loan spell from Columbus Crew The Columbus Crew is a professional soccer club based in Columbus, Ohio that participates in Major League Soccer. The club was owned by Lamar Hunt, who also owned the Kansas City Chiefs and FC Dallas until his 2006 death, upon which his son, Clark, took over his sports properties. .
But the Blues have already had preliminary discussions with the MLS See multilevel security. , who hold McBride's contract, at extending his loan to include the remainder of this season and the whole of next season.
David Moyes has been hugely impressed by McBride's attitude and form since he arrived in England,but he is keen to create a younger squad of players at Everton and is reluctant to offer a long term deal to a striker who has turned 30.
The Blues have made an offer to the MLS and hope to have their reaction by the weekend.
``Brian has done very well for us,'' explained Moyes ``and we believe he would be a good acquisition to our squad. He has scored four goals in six Premiership starts and when we didn't have Kevin Campbell available earlier in the season we lacked someone who could come in and do that sort of role.
``I remember when I came here a year ago,one of
the things I questioned was commitment and attitude,but those are qualities Brian has in abundance.
``Because of Brian's age - and I have spoken to Brian about this - I don't want to spend too much money on bringing him here,but I am also very aware he has played a big part in what we have done over the past couple of months.''
McBride will be in the squad for Saturday's sell-out visit of West Ham,but unlucky midfielder Tobias Linderoth is resigned to spending another month on the sidelines On the sidelines
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``It's a real blow for the lad,''added Moyes. ``It's been a stop start season for him and when he did come in for a few games earlier in the season he did well and showed us what he is capable of.
``We have to get him fit quickly because I don't want players with long term injuries. We want everyone available for the run-in.''
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