Both parties struggle to come to terms as talks break down.
Contract negotiations between Everton and talismanic midfielder Leon Osman have broken down, after the parties could not agree on the details surrounding the proposed 12 month extension.
Despite there still being a year left on his current contract, Everton are clearly making an effort to extend the period that the 31-year year old will spend at the club, hoping to keep the midfielder under contract until 2015.
Osman has bee a valuable servant to the club, spending his entire career the Toffees, which also included two loan spells with Carlisle United and Derby County.
The central midfielder also earned his first international call up this season, making his debut for England in a 4-2 defeat against Sweden.
A valuable part of the David Moyes’ midfield, losing Osman would be a big blow to the European aspirations that Everton aim to achieve each season, and with the limited budget the team are known to work with, it would be hard to replace someone of his production.
Osman may have come to a cross-roads in his career where he feels that his contribution to the team is worth more than the contract being offered, and that he may look elsewhere to find a club who are willing to offer a deal the midfielder thinks better reflects his abilities.
Everton need to make sure that doesn’t happen, however the strict financial regulations they run under could prevent that from a deal being made.