Club to sanction Everton deadline day loan move - reliable journalist
By Matt Farr
Everton would be willing to let Aaron Lennon leave the club on loan this month, according to a reliable journalist.
The Toffees have been actively seeking reinforcements to their squad this month, with Ronald Koeman making wholesale changes to his first-team at Goodison Park.
No fewer than five of the club’s fringe players have already quit the club this month, including Darron Gibson, Bryan Oviedo and Oumar Niasse, and departures are likely to continue right until the transfer deadline at 11pm on Tuesday.
Sun correspondent Alan Nixon revealed on his personal Twitter account early on deadline day that Everton would be prepared to let Aaron Lennon leave the club on loan if the right offer came in.
There has been little reported interest in the England international winger so far this month, but his potential availability could put a number of clubs on high alert.
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Several Premier League and Championship sides have been in the market for a winger, and could look to take advantage of the deadline day rush to snap up the 29-year-old.
Even with Yannick Bolasie sidelined for the remainder of the season, Lennon has struggled to secure regular first-team football at Everton.
He has been restricted to just 12 appearances in all competitions, contributing one goal and one assist, but he has started just eight games.
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Koeman is doing what many of the fans want – and what the club needs – and is culling the deadweight from the Everton squad; however, the departure of Lennon could be one too many for his side, as it leaves them at risk of lacking depth in the wider areas should they be hit by another injured setback. Bolasie is already out for the season, and although Lennon may crave first-team football, he has a role to play in the Everton squad. If, for example, Romelu Lukaku picks up an injury and Enner Valencia is forced to move up-top, Lennon is one of only three remaining wider players in the squad. That said, someone like Newcastle – who are desperate for a Premier League winger – could benefit from having him on loan until the end of the season.
In other Everton transfer news, Ronald Koeman has delivered his verdict on speculation linking this Everton first-teamer with a move away from the club.