Oxford United manager Karl Robinson has confirmed that his side are in talks to re-sign Everton defender Luke Garbutt.
The 26-year-old spent last season out on loan with the League One club and they are trying to take him back for the upcoming campaign.
“We’re still speaking to Garbs and his parent club. I imagine we will have answers soon,” Robinson said, as quoted by the Oxford Mail.
With Oxford keen on the left-back, the Merseyside club should try sell him on a permanent basis this summer.
The English full-back has come through the academy at Everton, but been on loan at five different clubs so far in his career and it looks extremely unlikely he will make a breakthrough at Goodison Park.
He’s played just 12 first-team games for the Toffees, while Lucas Digne and Leighton Baines are currently obstacles in front of him in Marco Silva’s squad.
Everton decided to extend the stay of veteran Baines for another year this summer, which was surely a big blow to the chances of Garbutt breaking back into the fold anytime soon.
Toffees manager Silva is looking to build a group than can compete for Europe and that means offloading players not at the level required within his squad.
Garbutt can no longer be considered a youngster after coming through the youth ranks and a permanent exit makes perfect sense.
The left-sided flyer had a great individual campaign in England’s third-tier with Oxford, as he helped them to a mid-table finish.
He made 36 appearances across all competitions last season, scoring four goals and supplying eight assists in return.
Garbutt is about to enter the final year of his contract with Everton and it makes very little sense to keep him on, so offloading him for good rather than a loan would be a sensible decision.