Everton Under-23s star David Henen has got his eye on a move away from Goodison Park as he looks to secure more playing time, according to a report.
The Liverpool Echo state that Henen would favour a move back to Belgium, to be closer to his family as he continues his development.
Speaking to a Belgian television channel, via VoetbalNieuws, the 21-year-old winger suggested he could return to Belgium, either on a loan deal – or even permanently.
Henen has impressed this season for David Unsworth’s Under-23 side, scoring three goals in his eight appearances, however he is frustrated at the lack of quality playing time.
“I really hope that something happens, because I need to be playing minutes, which is what I am looking for and what Everton is looking for, whether I am leaving on a loan basis or finally,” Henen said.
The gifted forward states that being closer to his family is an attractive proposition ahead of any potential move, and appreciated the Belgian League setup.
“There are nice teams here [in Belgium] – even smaller teams – where I can show my talent, my family is here too and it would be nice to be close to them, it would be a nice showcase.”
Henen signed for Everton from Olympiacos for a reported fee of £200,000 – before being shipped out on loan to League One outfit Fleetwood Town for the 2015/16 season, where he made 11 appearances.
Football Insider verdict:
David Henen is highly rated at Everton, and he is a heavily used versatile player for the Under-23s squad. However, it seems the lack of any meaningful football has got the young forward unsettled. Everton will not want to lose the services of the 21-year-old, so a potential loan deal could suit both parties. The Belgian has shown signs of success at the League One level, and has grown physically in the year since playing at that level, so could target a switch to a higher standard of competition to prove his worth to Everton.
In other Everton transfer news, one Toffees striker is the subject of interest from multiple Premier League clubs.