By Matt Farr
Doncaster chief-executive Gavin Baldwin claims that a deal has already been agreed with Everton to sign Conor Grant on a permanent deal in the summer.
Baldwin told the Doncaster Free Press that the two clubs had already come to an informal agreement over the finances of a deal, but it was up to the player to decide whether to make the move.
The 21-year-old midfielder is currently on loan at the League Two club, where he has made eight appearances, scoring one goal and contributing two assists since his January switch.
Grant spent the first half of the campaign on loan at Championship outfit Ipswich, but was restricted to just seven appearances, and returned to Everton last month.
Doncaster had initially wanted to sign Grant on a permanent basis, but the midfielder decided to sign on loan instead, with the ambition of playing his football at a higher level than the fourth tier.
However, the club currently sit at the top of the table and are on course for an immediate return to League One. which Baldwin hopes can tempt Grant into agreeing a permanent switch.
Speaking about their transfer agreement, Baldwin admitted to the Free Press: “The finances are informally agreed.
“It would be structured over 12 months. There would be cash up-front, cash after 12 months and other incentives such as promotion bonuses, win bonuses and sell-on clauses built into it.
“He [Grant] is adamant, and I support him on this, that he doesn’t see himself as permanently a League Two player. But if he comes here and helps us get to League One, that’s an entirely different conversation and one he would then welcome.”
Grant would have just a year remaining on his contract at Goodison Park at the end of the current campaign, and it remains to be seen if Ronald Koeman sees him as part of his long-term plans.
Koeman has already pushed through a number of youngsters into Everton’s first-team this season, and Grant could be given the opportunity at the start of the next season.
Football Insider verdict
Grant’s reasons are understandable, but given the lack of clarity over his future in the first-team at Everton, he should not rule out Doncaster as a possibility. He has proven to be an important player for the League Two outfit this season, and with the club gunning for promotion, could help them continue his work on stage higher next year. He would be a decent signing for the club, and one they could well afford having supposedly agreed to break-up the finance package into separate instalments and bonuses. He was a valuable asset to Doncaster in his previous loan spell with the club last season, and he has no doubt found somewhere he could call home should Everton seek to cast him out in the summer.
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