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London club approach Everton for midfielder - report

By Harvey Byrne

Charlton have made an approach to sign Everton youngster Liam Walsh on loan, according to a report.

Merseyside publication the Liverpool Echo claims that the League One side are trying to sign the 18-year-old Toffees midfielder.

The Huyton-born central midfielder spent the second half of last season in League Two with Yeovil on loan.

He played in 17 encounters for the Huish Park club in all competitions and bagged his first professional goal during his time with the south west side.

In the new loan rules, the emergency loan system has been scrapped, meaning that the Addicks would have to act swiftly if they were to sign Walsh due to the transfer deadline on Wednesday night.

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The Echo claims that it is unsure whether Everton will sanction a move between now and the deadline.

Toffees Under-23s boss David Unsworth has also outlined his plans for Walsh and has said that he wants the young Everton side to be successful in the new campaign.

“We wanted to give Liam games as well, so that was behind the loan (last season), but this year with the programme we’ve got – certainly up until Christmas – we really want to do well in the u-23s,” said Unsworth to the Liverpool Echo.

“There are a lot of games coming up and Liam, along with everyone else, has got to impress the new manager because he’s not seen them play before.

“So it is really important that they give themselves every opportunity here to do that and he will only doing that by producing performances like he did on Monday night, because I thought he was terrific.”

Walsh joined Everton when he was just five years old in 2003.

He is eligible to play for both England and Italy, but he has represented the England Under-18s side twice.

He is still waiting to make his senior debut for Everton, but he did scoop the club’s 2013-14 Academy Goal of the Season award.

In other Everton transfer news, the Toffees have ended their pursuit of Manolo Gabbiadini.