David Moyes sets Louis Saha contract challenge

Moyes tells Saha to find his old form and earn a new Everton deal

David Moyes will consider rewarding Louis Saha with a new contract if the Everton striker can recapture his old swagger.

The former Manchester United striker has entered the final year of his current deal and, as yet, there have been no discussions about renewing his terms.

Saha joined Everton in August 2008 and has scored 35 times in 108 appearances but only two of those goals have come this season, the most recent being against Chelsea in the Carling Cup on October 26.

New deal: Louis Saha has been told to earn a contract extension at Everton

New deal: Louis Saha has been told to earn a contract extension at Everton

Moyes, though, insists there is still room for Saha, 33, at Goodison Park and hopes the incentive of a new deal will galvanise him in the second half of the campaign.

‘Louis’ game isn’t all about being a goalscorer,’ said Moyes, whose team face Sunderland on Boxing Day. ‘He is used to helping link up play and being part of that, so we wouldn’t necessarily just judge him on his goals.

‘But he is in the last year of his contract and it is something that we will look at further down the line. With respect to the older boys, we tend to wait until later on before offering them contracts. ‘I do expect him to do it in the second half of the season — I really do. If people perform, the chairman always rewards them here.’

Time to deliver: David Moyes has challenged Saha to rediscover his form of years gone by

Time to deliver: David Moyes has challenged Saha to rediscover his form of years gone by

French side Monaco considered signing Saha 12 months ago but Moyes said: ‘I have always thought that people in the last year of their contract tend to play better. That has always been my take on it. They are either trying to prove something to the people they are working for or to new suitors. It’s up to Louis to show us what he can do.’