It seems that Chelsea are moving ever closer towards lowering the age of their squad by bringing in Everton midfielder Jack Rodwell. A number of reports have surfaced stating that Chelsea are closer to any other club to signing Jack Rodwell from Everton.

It is thought that Andre Villas-Boas has made Jack Rodwell as his first priority in the January transfer window. Even if it is not possible in January, then Chelsea are most likely to come back for him in the summer. It is thought that Everton would be willing to sell the player for around £ 20 million given that he has endured a number of injury problems in the last few seasons.

As a result, he has been overshadowed by the likes of Barkley, who made his debut recently. Manchester United were once the favourites to sign the youngster from Everton, but it seems that the London club has moved into the pole position to secure the services of the 20-year-old. Other clubs who are keeping tabs on the situation include the likes of Manchester City and Tottenham. Jack Rodwell is currently out of the first team action due to a hamstring problem, but is expected to return soon.

“His development here has been good. He came on the scene very early but I’ll always think players will be better served being at Everton. I don’t think we’ll be selling because we need the money for the bank or anything like that. But there have been some really big players sold,” Moyes said when asked about his future. Everton have been suffering from a number of financial problems of late and the £ 20 million generated from the sale of Jack Rodwell will prove to be a massive war chest for David Moyes in his efforts to strengthen the team.