Done deal: Everton strike another transfer blow as terms agreed on attacker transfer
By Alex Stevens
Everton teenager Antony Evans has agreed to join Morecambe on loan, it was announced on Thursday afternoon.
The attacking midfielder, 18, has settled terms with the Shrimps and will spend the remainder of the campaign at the League Two club.
Morecambe confirmed on their official website and Twitter account that Evans had signed a contract to commit to the club.
— Morecambe FC (@ShrimpsOfficial) January 19, 2017
It is stated that the deal is subject to EFL and Premier League clearance.
England Under-19 international Evans is a versatile product of the Everton academy who usually plays as an attacking midfielder in the number 10 role and can also be deployed as a second striker.
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The youngster has made 22 appearances for Everton Under-23s, scoring four goals and supplying one assist, including four matches in Premier League 2 this season.
He is yet to make a senior appearance for the Merseyside club and will hope a loan spell can edge him closer to that opportunity in the future.
Morecambe are currently 17th-placed in League Two and are battling to avoid being sucked into a relegation battle.
The Evans transfer is the latest in a series of deals secured by Everton this month, which have included the landmark signings of Morgan Schneiderlin and Ademola Lookman.
Football Insider verdict:
A loan for Evans is a logical move and gives him the opportunity to test himself against senior professionals in a first-team environment. The 18-year-old has a long way to go to force himself into the Everton senior side, and his development is not on the same scale as new sensation Tom Davies, who demonstrated he can go all the way to the top with his stunning display in the demolition of Manchester City last weekend. Evans will be able to continue his development away from the Premier League spotlight and will benefit hugely from experiencing football in League Two.
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