Tom Davies will be “seriously considering” an exit from Everton before the 5 October transfer deadline, according to Danny Mills.

The former Leeds and Manchester City full-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, suggested that a loan move may be best for the 22-year-old to continue his development.

England Under-21 international has fallen down the pecking order at Goodison Park following the arrivals of midfielders Allan, James Rodriguez, Abdoulaye Doucoure this summer.

Football Insider understands that Southampton held an interest in the midfielder earlier in the window but have made no contact since Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg was sold to Spurs.

Davies has just two minutes of Premier League action to his name this season with his only start coming in the 3-0 EFL Cup win against Salford earlier this month.

When asked by Football Insider if he expected the centre-midfielder to remain at Goodison Park beyond Monday’s deadline, Mills said:

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“Tom Davies has had a significant taste of first team football and at his age he will want more of it. He will want to keep playing week in, week out.

“I think he will be seriously considering what is next. While there may be a great opportunity at Everton in the future, because of the direction that the club appears to be heading in, he would have to bide his time.

“He could gamble and leave in search of regular first team football. Or he could stay but he may have to wait a considerable time before he gets his opportunity.

“A loan move is the best of both worlds. It gives him an opportunity to play football while remaining at the football club that he loves.”

In other Everton news, it can be REVEALED that club are preparing a formal bid of up to £25million for English star wanted by Fulham.