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Moyes banks on character of players

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Everton boss David Moyes insists even £100million may not guarantee getting in the top four of the Barclays Premier League - but the heart and character of his players is getting them close.

Moyes' squad have stayed in London this week after the reaching the FA Cup final, and next up is a dress rehearsal of the showpiece when they face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

"We have a long way to go and it will be very hard to compete with the top boys, we know that," Moyes said.

He continued: "You could give me £100million and it might not get me any closer, who knows? The one thing we have got is big hearts and character and we want to keep improving.

"Everyone would like more money but the majority of managers in football don't work with money, so you have to be able to work without.

"We've been lucky that we've been given every penny that they could give us. As you see, if you get the right players in and they are hungry for success then it can happen."

Moyes wants to invest this summer as this season he has suffered a number of injury setbacks in his squad, with Aiyegbeni Yakubu, Mikel Arteta and Victor Anichebe long-term casualties.

But he will be looking for players that will buy into the Everton way of working hard for success as they have done this season, with every chance of a high-placed Barclays Premier League finish to go with their FA Cup final.

"It is an achievement for the players, through adversity and injuries to several key men," Moyes said.

"People have come into the team and taken their chance. Not only taken their chance, but they've pushed on. It would be great to finish in a really good league position, that is what we are trying to do."

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