Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori is reportedly close to a Premier League loan to Everton, with several other clubs reportedly also interested.
The 22-year-old has fallen behind in the pecking order since the second half of the season, with his last appearance coming in the 2-2 draw against Bournemouth back in February.
Now that Chelsea have brought in an experienced centre-back in Thiago Silva, it is safe to say Tomori could even be the fifth-choice centre-back, behind the likes of Antonio Rudiger, Kurt Zouma and Andreas Christensen.
A temporary spell at another Premier League club could be an ideal short-term plan for the former Derby County player of the year, with a report from ESPN claiming Everton are in pole position to sign the defender.
The report also mentioned Newcastle United and Ligue 1 side Rennes are among a number of clubs who are also interested in Tomori, but the talks between Everton and Chelsea were said to be at an advanced stage.
With former Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti at the helm, Everton have had a good transfer window so far, signing a couple of big names in James Rodriguez from Real Madrid and Allan from Napoli.
Fellow Chelsea centre-back Kurt Zouma also spent a season at Everton before returning to Stamford Bridge and hopefully, Tomori’s potential loan stint at Everton could have a similar impact on the England international.
ESPN said that despite the proposed loan move, Frank Lampard continues to view Tomori who signed a new five-year deal in December as a long-term prospect.
A regular season at Goodison Park would also boost his chance of making England squad for the Euros in 2021, compared to, let’s say, being a squad player under Lampard.