Everton: Hull defender on radar; Browning could be sent on loan; defender to stay
According to The Sun, Everton are stepping up their interest in Hull City’s centre-back Harry Maguire after the 23-year-old has reportedly turned down the offer of a new deal at the KCOM Stadium.
Maguire has 18 months left on his contract after joining Hull from Sheffield United back in 2014, and it is believed that he’s in favour of a move away with both Everton and Southampton interested.
The Sun believe that an offer in the region of £2.5 million would be enough to tempt Hull into letting the defender leave.
Maguire has caught the eye of fellow Premier League sides after a string of impressive performances this season, including his stand-out display in Hull’s loss at Stamford Bridge last weekend.
Harry Maguire's game by numbers vs. Chelsea:
8 aerial duels won
5 tackles won
Unlucky to lose. pic.twitter.com/kzLGgEEf0h
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) January 22, 2017
The 23-year-old made more tackles (eight), more clearances (seven) and more interceptions (eight) than any other player on the pitch, and kept an element of respectability to the score-line.
With Everton linked with one defender, the Liverpool Echo have reported this morning that Tyler Browning could be on his way out on a proposed loan deal until the end of the current season.
Browning suffered a big knee injury playing for Everton’s Under-21 side early in the season, and after surgery, back in December, he’s been working on his fitness for the Under-23 side at Goodison Park.
With 20-year-old Mason Holgate exerting himself well in Everton’s first-team, the club believes that the best thing for Browning is to get regular football elsewhere for the next few months; although a final decision won’t be made on Browning’s future until after his Under-23 match on Wednesday.
The Everton defender made five first-team appearances last season, and it is believed that he is still part of Ronald Koeman’s future plans at Goodison Park.
Another Everton player raising speculation over a loan move is Bryan Oviedo, and the Liverpool Echo have said that the club are continuing to reject loan offers for the Costa Rican.
Despite receiving loan offers from fellow Premier League sides, including David Moyes’ Sunderland, Koeman reportedly wants to keep Oviedo as a back-up left-back for Leighton Baines.
Oviedo’s Everton career has struggled to get firmly off the ground after his arrival at Goodison Park in 2012, despite making 50 appearances and scoring twice.
The 26-year-old has made six appearances this season for the Toffees, but has failed to impress Koeman enough to consider him as competition for Baines’ spot in the starting line-up.
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