Everton midfielder due for January Goodison exit in seven-figure deal (not Barkley) - report
Everton midfielder Liam Walsh is on the verge of exiting Goodison Park to sign for Bristol City, according to a report.
The Sun claims that Robins boss Lee Johnson has been given the green light to make a £1million bid for Walsh, 20, when the transfer window re-opens within the next few weeks.
It is understood that Walsh is now “due” to move to Ashton Gate for a seven-figure fee to help Bristol City in their bid to earn promotion to the Premier League.
Walsh had already exited Everton once this season when he joined Birmingham on loan in the summer.
The young midfielder returned to Goodison Park earlier than planned last month after he failed to make any sort of impact at St Andrew’s following Harry Redknapp’s sacking.
Walsh has never made a senior appearance for the Toffees and with the amount of depth in the centre of midfield, it appears unlikely that Sam Allardyce will be calling upon him any time in the future.
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Everton face the prospect of losing a couple of midfielders in January with Ross Barkley’s future also under question.
The England international is out of contract at the end of the season so could leave Goodison.
Football Insider verdict
Walsh has had a tough time this season and probably wants out of Goodison after becoming frustrated with his lack of chances. He made just three appearances in what was a disastrous loan spell at Birmingham and that has probably led to him to make a huge decision about his future in order to stop his career from stalling. The midfielder is a good young talent but his entry into the first-team at Goodison is blocked by a plethora of better options. Bristol City will be getting themselves a good player in Walsh but talk of a promotion push may be a bit too over the top. There are a lot of expensive squads in the Championship and Bristol City don’t have one of them.
In other Everton news, a European club has tabled a bid for this Toffees 22-year-old.