Fleetwood Town manager Simon Grayson has admitted he wants to sign Everton midfielder Callum Connolly on a permanent basis this summer.
Connolly joined Fleetwood on loan from the Toffees for the second-half of last season, and then returned to Highbury for the entirety of the 2020/21 season, where he ended the campaign as the club’s captain.
In total, Connolly has made 57 appearances in all competitions for the Cod Army, scoring four goals in that time.
The defender is out of contract at Everton at the end of this season, and it seems as though Grayson is now keen to offer him a new, permanent home on the Fylde Coast.
Speaking about the prospect of permanent moves for some of the Fleetwood’s loanees come the summer transfer window, Grayson told Fleetwood Today: “Would we like to sign some? You look at Callum Connolly, for example, who is out of contract at Everton. He’s been the captain more or less since I’ve been at the football club.
“Would we like to sign him? Of course we would but it’s never easy because of other options that he might have available and financial decisions as well.
“We’re in the hands of players and other clubs. These things will take care of themselves over the next few weeks.”
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Conolly has made just one senior appearance during his time with Everton, having also experienced loan spells with the like of Barnsley, Ipswich, Lincoln, Wigan and Bolton earlier in his career.
Indeed, it has also been reported that Ipswich are keen on a reunion with Connolly this summer, with the defender having suggested that he will not be offered a new contract by Everton at the end of this season.
You can certainly understand why Fleetwood would be keen on bringing Connolly back to the club on a permanent basis.
The fact he has been made captain of the club recently, despite the fact he is only there on loan, does seem to indicate just how highly he is thought of around Highbury.
As a result, it would make sense for Fleetwood to try and bring him back this summer, especially considering his contract situation at Everton means he ought to be available for free at that point.
However, it seems this move is far from certain just yet, meaning it could be an nervous few months for those of a Fleetwood persuasion with regards to this particular deal.