Everton would prefer to sell Tom Davies permanently this summer, with Sky Sports reporting that Southampton want to take the midfielder on loan.
Davies has fallen down the pecking order at Goodison Park. He has made one substitute appearance in the Toffees’ opening two Premier League games.
talkSPORT reported this week that Southampton and Everton were in talks over a loan move for the 22-year-old. However, it would now appear that there is some ground to make up before a deal is finalised.
According to Sky Sports, the Saints would prefer to take Davies on loan with an option to buy. However, while the Toffees are open to sanctioning his exit, they would rather offload him permanently.
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Signing Davies – who earns £25,000-a-week, according to Spotrac – permanently may be something of a gamble for the Saints. It was perhaps telling that many Everton fans seemed quite content about the prospect of him leaving on loan.
Much will surely depend on what the Toffees want for the youngster. If they are prepared to drop their asking price, perhaps Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side will be more inclined to agree to a permanent move.
Similarly, the Saints should perhaps consider offering a loan with an obligation to buy. While the end result would obviously be the same as a permanent deal, it would perhaps leave the club with a little more room to manoeuvre in this particular window.