Everton a set to offer striker Ellis Simms a new long-term contract, and discuss loaning him out again next season, a report from The Liverpool Echo has revealed.
Simms spent the second half of last season out on loan with Blackpool, making a big impression at Bloomfield Road in the process.
The 20-year-old scored ten goals in 23 league appearances for Blackpool to help them win promotion to the Championship, although he did miss their League One play-off win over Lincoln through injury.
Now however, it appears as though Simms did enough during that spell to impress those watching on from his parent club.
According to this latest update, Simms – who has a year to run on his current contract with Everton – is now set to be offered a new long-term deal by the Premier League club.
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It also thought that Everton will consider loaning the striker out again for next season, provided he does sign a new contract to commit his future to the Goodison Park club.
I do think this is a sensible stance for Everton to take with regards to Simms.
The striker has shown plenty of potential during his time out on loan with Blackpool this season, so it does seem to make sense for them to secure his future long-term, given the asset he could prove to be.
However, it would be a big step for him to go from League One straight to the Premier League with Everton next season, so the prospect of another loan move for Simms also seems sensible.
Indeed, having already proved he can make an impact in League One, a chance to prove himself in the Championship next year could suit him well, and you feel Blackpool at least would be keen to give him that opportunity, following the impact he has made at Bloomfield Road in recent months.