Everton boss

Kevin Phillips has claimed that Fikayo Tomori would be a “really smart signing” by Everton as the club close in on the loan signing of the Chelsea defender.

The 2000 European Golden Shoe winner, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed that the 22-year-old would have developed a lot at Stamford Bridge last season playing with “better players”.

Sky Sports claim that the Toffees are close to finalising a deal to sign the defender on a season-long loan.

Tomori made 22 appearances for Frank Lampard’s side last season but the arrival of Malang Sarr and Thiago Silva will likely see his first team opportunities limited this season.

Carlo Ancelotti has already made a number of significant signings this summer with James Rodriguez, Allan, Abdoulaye Doucoure and Niels Nkounkou through the door.

When asked by Football Insider if Tomori joining the Toffees on a season-long loan was a good move for all parties, Phillips said: “I think he would be a smart loan signing.

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“He did very well when he was at Derby for that season and he has got Premier League experience under his belt now. I always think young players should go out, play regularly and continue to develop. He started well for Chelsea last season but his form dipped a little bit but that is natural.

“He has been playing with better players at Chelsea as well so that will have improved him. I think that could be a really smart signing by Carlo Ancelotti.” 

Tomori has four years left on his contract at Stamford Bridge having penned a contract extension last Christmas.

His performances last year earned him his first his senior England cap – he came on as a substitute against Kosovo in November.

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