By Michael Brown

18th Sep, 2020 | 12:22pm

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Michael Brown insists that Tosin Adarabioyo needs to be guaranteed playing time if he is to leave Manchester City for Everton or West Ham.

The former City midfielder, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, believes a move to a Premier League side would be a “big step” for the young defender after his loan spells in the Championship.

The Times journalist Paul Hirst has reported that the Toffees and the Hammers are joined by Fulham and Brighton in the hunt to sign the 22-year-old, who is said to have told Manchester City he wants to leave.

Adarabioyo spent last season on loan at Blackburn Rovers, while the season before saw him join West Brom in the second tier of English football.

Brown believes that game time is a must for the promising centre-back and insists that guaranteed action could be the key to his capture.

Brown told Football Insider: “It’ll be a big step to go up again from playing in the Championship. He needs to go somewhere that he’s going to play.

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“I think that’s the difference, he needs to play now. A loan-to-buy? I don’t know, I think it depends on circumstance and I think he’s got to play, that’s the key.” 

Adarabioyo has played eight times for Manchester City’s senior side, although he is yet to make a single appearance in the Premier League.

He has featured in the League Cup, the FA Cup and the Champions League for City, while he has 63 Championship games under his belt from his loan spells.

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