By Wayne Veysey

18th Oct, 2019 | 8:52am

Sources: Everton left footer 'very keen' on joining Newcastle in January

Everton defender Lewis Gibson is hankering after a return to Newcastle United after being made aware of the possibility of an emotional return to Tyneside, Football Insider understands.

The 19-year-old’s future is up in the air as his contract expires at the end of the season and he is still waiting for his senior debut for the Merseysiders.

A source with knowledge of Gibson’s situation has told Football Insider that the rising star is ready to leave Everton due to his lack of first-team football.

He is hankering for a move to team that can provide a clearer pathway to the first team and where he can expect to be given greater opportunities.

The left footed centre-back has grown frustrated at being unable to progress beyond the Under-23s at Everton, where he has now made 30 appearances.

Gibson is aware of interest from Newcastle in re-signing their academy product, who quit for Everton in the summer of 2017 for a fee of £1million rising to a potential £6million.

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The source explained the teenager would be “very keen” on a return to St James’ Park and has noted how the Longstaff brothers have started to make waves at first team level.

But there is also interest in Gibson from other English clubs, as well as those in Germany, who are becoming renowned for snapping up top British talent and providing a first-team pathway.

Gibson could push for a loan move in January, although Everton might not be willing to grant it due to their lack of centre-backs able to cover for Yerry Mina, Michael Keane and Mason Holgate.

A permanent move is a strong possibility, as it offers the last chance for the Merseysiders to secure a fee for a player who can leave for free next summer.

In other Everton news, it can be REVEALED that the club have set their sights on signing two players at north-west club.