Everton boss Marco Silva would reportedly block any exit of young attacker Ellis Simms this summer.
According to the Mirror in its print edition (27 June, page 62), the Toffees manager has informed the 18-year-old that he won’t be allowed to leave Goodison Park on loan.
The report details that the teenager is set for a senior promotion and could get his first taste of first-team football.
The Sun reported back in March that he was being monitored by Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Bayer Leverkusen, Monaco and Lyon.
Simms scored a remarkable 37 goals in 29 youth team games last season and it seems he’s set to be rewarded.
The centre-forward has been a goal machine at youth level and it will be intriguing to see if he can make the same devastating impact when he steps up.
He signed his first professional deal back in May and could have a bright future on Mereseyeide.
Everton have a great track record of bringing through talents to their first team and have had one of the best youth teams around in England during recent years.
Simms has certainly pulled up trees at youth level and is a clinical finisher, but it would be a big step up to Silva’s squad.
The Toffees need a new striker to compete with the likes of Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Cenk Tosun, but surely the academy prospect isn’t ready for that just yet.
He need to be prepared though for any possible opportunity that pops up.