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Everton target summer sale of Beni Baningime as club open to transfer for youth product

According to the Liverpool Echo, Everton are expected to target the summer sale of academy product Beni Baningime as he enters the final year of his contract this summer.

The Toffees have placed Baningime on the chopping block after he struggled to establish himself during a loan spell with Derby County, where the midfielder failed to breakthrough into Wayne Rooney’s plans despite the Rams’ fight for Championship survival.

Baningime moved to Pride Park in a last-ditch Deadline Day deal but would only start one of his two second-tier appearances, while omitted from nine matchday squads and left on the bench in nine fixtures by his former Goodison Park teammate.

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Rooney stated that Baningime had been training well during his fight for game time, but conceded in quotes by the Derby Telegraph in March: “The way we have been going, it has been hard for me to give him minutes.”

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Baningime’s inability to overcome Rooney’s reluctance could now cost him a career at Goodison Park, with Everton thought to be eager on selling the DR Congo native in the summer market after placing him on their transfer list.

The £8,000-per-week (Spotrac) Toffees product has made 12 first-team appearances in royal blue throughout his career, but has not featured in a senior fixture since the 2017/18 season when given opportunities to play under David Unsworth and Sam Allardyce.

TBR’s view:

Baningime’s loan spell with Derby was arguably his last chance at securing a career at Everton, with Caro Ancelotti only naming the 22-year-old in eight of his matchday squads since succeeding Marco Silva at the helm and each coming at the end of the 2019/20 term.

The Congo native really had to grab the opportunity to play regular senior games with both hands, but has left the Toffees with little choice but to seek offers to prevent him leaving for free in 2022 having failed to capitalise on impressing Rooney in training.

Much has been expected of Baningime over the years with U23s boss Unsworth, who gave the midfielder his senior debut in 2017, once lauding him as a ‘class act’ (evertonfc.com) and was quoted by The Athletic last year as emphatically praising his ‘outstanding’ displays.

But it is one thing to perform at a high level in youth football and another in the senior game, which Baningime has found out the hard way and why Everton are now so open to offers.

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