Marcel Brands will be tasked with finding a new club for Everton defender Matthew Pennington this summer, Football Insider has learned.
The defender, 25, has spent the last three full seasons out on loan and is currently at Championship outfit Hull City.
An Everton source has told Football Insider that the club are looking to sell Pennington permanently this summer, when he enters the final year of his contract.
Recruitment chief Brands has been charged by the Blues hierarchy with moving on a player the coaching staff do not regard as capable of breaking into their first-team squad.
The centre-back, who can also play at right-back, is not in Carlo Ancelotti’s plans and has little chance of forcing his way in should he return.
Pennington has made just nine appearances for Everton since graduating from their youth ranks to make his senior debut in August 2015.
He has had a series of loans of mixed success, with the spell at Hull following season-long loans at Ipswich Town in 2018-19 and Leeds United in 2017-18.
Pennington has also headed out of Everton temporarily to play for Coventry City, Tranmere Rovers and Walsall.
The defender is one of two Everton players on loan at Hull along with 20-year-old winger Josh Bowler.
Pennington struggled for game time in the first half of the campaign but has started the last five league matches for the east Yorkshire outfit.
However, Grant McCann’s side have been thrashed 5-1 by Stoke City and 4-0 by Leeds in their last two fixtures.
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