Everton have ended any uncertainties over the futures of key players Mikel Arteta and Tim Cahill by agreeing new five-year contracts with the pair.

Both had been the subject of speculation linking them with West Ham earlier in the summer, as was striker Andrew Johnson butnow Everton have tied Cahill and Arteta to long-term deals until 2012.

Everton chairman Bill Kenwright told the club´s official website: "David Moyes and myself were keen to get these important extensions wrapped up before the new season opens. We did it in the Everton way - quietly, efficiently and away from the glare of the spotlight."

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