Sources: Everton to listen to offers for midfielder who wants January exit
Everton are to listen to offers for midfielder Beni Baningime in January after he failed to make any first team headway this season, Football Insider understands.
The DR Congo youngster, 21, was welcomed back into the fold at Goodison after a summer move to Danish side Brondby collapsed in August at the eleventh hour.
An Everton source has told Football Insider that Baningime is looking to move on as he seeks to ignite his senior playing career.
The club, in turn, are willing to offload their academy product after he failed to add to his 12 first-team appearances this season despite a midfield injury crisis.
Baningime hoped he would get some senior game time but has not had a single minute of action and failed to even make the matchday squad for 12 of the club’s 14 Premier League games.
Even long-term injuries to Andre Gomes and summer recruit Jean-Philippe Gbamin have not changed the thinking of Marco Silva.
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He prefers to rely on senior central midfielders, with Morgan Schneiderlin and Fabian Delph paired in Sunday’s 2-1 defeat to Leicester City, with Tom Davies an unused substitute.
Baningime is one of a number of Everton academy products frustrated at the pathway to the first team being blocked under Silva.
The likes of defender Lewis Gibson and attacker Antony Evans are also concerned at their careers stagnating in the Under-23s.
Baningime has a contract at Goodison that runs for two-and-a-half more years until the summer of 2022.
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