Contact made: Major interest in Everton 26-yr-old ahead of potential summer exit - confirmed
Everton Under-23s manager David Unsworth has confirmed that there is major interest in Jose Baxter ahead of his contract potentially expiring at the end of the season.
Baxter, 26, was signed by Everton last year in a goodwill gesture to get the attacker back to fitness after a drug ban.
He has not made a single first-team appearance since returning to Goodison Park for a second spell, but is progressing towards match fitness in Unsworth’s development squad.
Unsworth, who took caretaker charge of the first-team earlier this season, has now made it public that there has been a lot of contact made over Baxter and what will be happening with the attacking midfielder come the end of the campaign.
“I’ve had a lot of phone calls about him asking the question about what happens in the summer but that is up to Jose and we’ve tried to help him, we have helped him and he’s been a pleasure to work with,” said Unsworth to the Liverpool Echo.
Baxter rose through the ranks of the Everton academy, but only managed to make 15 senior appearances before he was released and signed by Oldham in 2012.
A year later, Sheffield United signed up the former England youth international, but after failing a drugs test he was banned by the FA, suspended and eventually released by the Blades.
The 26-year-old has made seven appearances in Premier League 2 for the Toffees Under-23s side this season.
In other Everton news, this Toffees centre-forward has confirmed he wants to quit Goodison Park in the summer and a fee has already been agreed.