Everton and Ipswich Town are negotiating a permanent move for Luke Garbutt, according to The East Anglian Daily Times.
Garbutt is currently on loan at League One promotion hopefuls Ipswich. The Tractor Boys are eager to tie Garbutt down to a permanent contract after an impressive start to the season.
Predominantly a left-back, Garbutt has also been playing on the wing at times this season. He has scored five times in 15 matches for Ipswich this season to boost the promotion push.
Garbutt has never quite made the cut at Everton. Joining in 2011 from Leeds United, the 26-year-old has played 12 times for the first-team in eight years. He has also been out on loan to six different clubs.
He will now be hoping to find his permanent home at Portman Road. Ipswich want to sign Garbutt in January and his current Everton contract expires next summer. He is unlikely to earn an extension at Goodison Park and he seems keen to sign for Ipswich on a permanent basis.
This deal should go ahead. It is time for Garbutt to move away from Everton and find his long-term home elsewhere. Ipswich is the ideal environment for him.
In League One, the ex-England U21 international is thriving in an attacking left-back role or on the wing. If he pens a permanent deal, he will be hoping to take Ipswich back to the Championship this season.