Everton are close to tying down midfielder Lewis Warrington to a new contract, The Athletic’s Patrick Boyland reports.
Warrington’s deal had been due to expire at the end of the 2021/22 season, meaning he could have left as a free agent in a matter of weeks.
The Birkenhead-born starlet spent the second half of the season on loan at Tranmere Rovers in League Two.
And he’s attracted interest from a number of clubs who were aware of his contract situation.
Warrington is yet to make a senior debut for Everton, but he has played 20 times for them at Under-23 level.
Boyland understands that Warrington is about to put pen to paper on a fresh deal, and the process could be completed ‘as early as next week‘.
Frank Lampard will take an opportunity to run the rule over the youngster in Everton’s pre-season friendlies.
They will then decide what’s best for his development, with another loan at Tranmere a possibility.
Warrington’s loan at Prenton Park has to be considered a resounding success.
He earned the trust of Micky Mellon almost instantly, starting the final 17 matches of the campaign.
It’s no surprise, then, that Rovers would be keen to take him back for 2022/23, and they’ll be keenly awaiting the results of Everton’s deliberations.
The Toffees may well decide that the step-up to the senior side is too great at this moment in time and sanction another temporary departure.
But will they want him to be playing at a high level than the fourth tier so that he’s better prepared? That may be a concern for Mellon and co.
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