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Football: Everton alert on Jagielka transfer; Moyes target seeks move.

NEW Sheffield United boss Bryan Robson appears to have admitted defeat in his attempt to keep highly-rated defender Phil Jagielka at Bramall Lane.

Robson, who took over from Neil Warnock last month following the Blades' agonising relegation from the Barclays Premiership, had hoped to keep the England B international after he excelled during the south Yorkshire team's solitary season in the top flight.

However, the 24-year-old, who can play in defence or midfield and even had a spell in goal in the 1-0 win over Arsenal, has attracted the attention of several Premiership, with Everton favourites to take him from Bramall Lane after eight years for a fee expected to be around pounds 3-pounds 4m.

Robson, who will work in tandem with assistant manager Brian Kidd, admitted Jagielka wants to play in the top flight next season and appears resigned to losing the Manchester-born player.

The former West Brom and Middlesbrough boss said: "Keeping Phil looks like it is going to be a problem.

"He's told me that, if possible, he would rather stay in the Premiership, providing it's the best thing for both him and the club.

"My job now looks like it's going to be trying to ensure we get the best deal possible.

"That's what I'll be trying my best to do."

Jagielka joined the Blades in August 1999 and came through the ranks to become the club's prized asset.

He has played in more than 250 league games for the Blades and was an ever-present last season.

The player was inconsolable after the club's final day defeat by Wigan which saw them condemned to relegation by the narrowest of margins.

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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jun 2, 2007
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