Everton manager David Moyes is confident Marouane Fellaini will sign a new contract at the club to put an end to rumours of a potential move away from Goodison Park.
The Belgian midfielder has played a pivotal role in Moyes' side since his £15 million move from Standard Liege in 2008.
But with 18 months left on his contract, fears had grown that a Premier League heavyweight, with Arsenal mentioned in dispatches.
But Moyes said: "I think it is very close to getting done,"
"The chairman and the chief exec have been working on it for a while and I've been waiting on the good news and hopefully it's not too far away
"He has been a really good player for us over the last few seasons and if we can keep him it will be really good."
Arsenal's move for Mikel Arteta had prompted talk of Fellaini joining the ranks at the Emirates Stadium.
However, it appears Arsenal, and other suitors will have to go elsewhere if they want to bolster their midfield.