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BARRY HORNE: Euro place will help new deals.

Byline: BARRY HORNE

VERTON'S rehabilitation into the elite of English football will take time - let alone moving into the higher circles of European football.

But the Blues' qualification for Europe next season couldn't have come at a more opportune moment.

David Moyes biggest job this summer is to assemble a squad of players.

While Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool will possibly add just one or two players each, David will need considerably more.

Even if the players who are currently unhappy with deals offered by the club change their minds and stick around, it is only delaying the inevitable.

Everton have a small squad, with a large percentage coming towards the end of their careers.

Qualifying for Europe will give Moyes an extra bargaining chip in his efforts to bring in more bodies.

Our major competitors for players are likely to be the likes of Aston Villa and Newcastle - so the lure of possible Champions League football could be an enticing carrot.

I spotted a few halfempty stadia in some ofthe group games of this season's Champions League.

I don't think there will be many at Goodison this season.

Bring it on
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:May 14, 2005
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