Nigerian midfielder Alex Iwobi is set to pen a new deal at Everton.
Iwobi is being rewarded for his impressive start to the season at Merseyside with a new contract which would see his weekly wages go up a bit.
According to reports, the midfielder’s weekly wage will increase from £70,000-a-week to £100,000-a-week in the new deal.
The former Arsenal man, who struggled at the start of his Everton career, has seen his career receive a turnaround since the appointment of current head coach Frank Lampard.
The former Chelsea boss has helped to reinvent Iwobi by deploying the 26-year-old in central midfield – a move which has been highly successful so far.
Iwobi has now become a key component for Everton in the heart of their midfield alongside summer arrivals Amadou Onana and Idrissa Gueye.
Iwobi has just 18 months left on his current deal and Everton are keen to see him extend his deal at the club beyond then. His proposed new deal will be a ‘three-and-a-half-year agreement’ extending his stay in Merseyside until 2026.
Despite Iwobi’s good performances for Everton, the Toffees still find themselves in and around the bottom zone. The Toffees currently sit just one point above the relegation zone in 17th place and will be hoping to avoid a repeat of last season’s nervy finish.
Lampard’s men will resume their campaign, following the conclusion of the World Cup, with a Boxing Day clash against fellow strugglers Wolves.
As Lampard's team aims to extend the gap between themselves and relegation, this is a must-win game.
This season, Everton have struggled to score goals – scoring just 11 times in their opening 15 matches this season.
As Iwobi has only been able to manage one goal – Lampard is hoping that his new contract will improve his returns.
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