Reliable journalist: Championship club want 20-year-old Everton star, transfer chain hold-up
By Will Butcher
Derby are keen to solve their left-back woes with the signing of Everton 20-year-old Brendan Galloway, but there could be a hold-up, according to a reliable journalist.
Sun correspondent Alan Nixon revealed on his personal Twitter account that a move to the Rams could initiate a “transfer chain”, as other sides look to reshuffle their left-back options.
Currently on loan at Premier League side West Brom, it was reported by the Daily Mail that Galloway would be able to return to Everton and then complete a move to Derby, but it looks like West Brom want a replacement first.
A move to Steve McClaren’s side will then see in-demand Derby star James Hanson become available to join Championship rivals Wigan, who want to bolster their defence.
Galloway has endured a nightmare loan spell at the Hawthorns under manager Tony Pulis, making just three Premier League appearances since his summer move.
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That could tempt the Toffees to cancel his current loan deal in order to allow Galloway to chance his arm and get first-team football with Derby, who sit in seventh and five points away from a playoff place.
Since his Toffees debut in May 2015 against West Ham, the three-time England Under-21 international has made a total of 21 appearances for Ronald Koeman’s first team.
Football Insider verdict:
A move to Championship side Derby will benefit the Rams, Everton and Galloway himself. McClaren’s side will be signing a player that possesses plenty of ability and could prove crucial in Derby’s hunt for a place in the playoffs. Everton could finally give first-team football to a player that has the potential to reach Koeman’s senior team if he is nurtured correctly. Giving him senior, regular appearances will more than aid that, meaning the Toffees will receive a better player at the end of the season when a potential loan at Pride Park finishes. For Galloway, ending a dismal loan at West Brom will help prevent his career from stagnating.
In other Everton transfer news, this right-back could also be joining a Championship side on loan.