Everton attacker Antony Evans is preparing to quit Everton in January to ignite his career, Football Insider understands.
The 20-year-old is a star of the club’s all-conquering Under-23s side and but has yet to make his senior bow.
A source at Goodison Park has told Football Insider that with Evans is ready to leave in search of regular first-team football even though recruitment chief Marcel Brands is an ardent fan.
Evans, who can play as a winger or forward, came close to leaving Everton in the summer amid interest from Championship trio Blackburn, Brentford and Wigan and League One big hitters Portsmouth.
The rising star is on the target list of plenty of English clubs in January as well as teams in Italy and Germany, where Bundesliga outfits are hot on the trail of top young British talent.
Evans has had two loan spells out at Morecambe and Blackpool in the last couple of seasons but has remained at Everton this campaign.
He is a regular for the Under-23s, scoring twice and providing four assists from six matches for the side this season.
The former England Under-19 international is now eager to test himself in senior football after failing to catch the eye of Marco Silva, who has been reluctant to promote players from the club’s academy.
Evans is out of contract at the end of the season.
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