Baines replacement reportedly lined up as Everton turn attention towards the future

Everton supporters have been in fine voice in the Transfer Tavern in the last few days after seeing their side finally pick up their second away Premier League victory of the season courtesy of a 2-1 success at Stoke City on Saturday.

Sam Allardyce’s men went into their meeting with the Staffordshire-based outfit having won just one of their prior 15 away matches in the league this season, and having lost each of their preceding five ahead of Saturday’s clash at the bet365 Stadium. Yet a Cenk Tosun double either side of Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting’s equaliser clinched a much-needed win for the Toffees, thus moving Allardyce’s side to 40 points for the season and keeping them in ninth place with just seven matches of the campaign remaining.

Consequently, there have been many delighted Evertonians in the Tavern in recent times, and they are likely to be further intrigued by a recent report from the March 18 print edition of The Sunday People (page 48) (via HITC), which suggests that the Toffees are in the chase for Bristol City’s Joe Bryan.

The 24-year-old came up through the ranks at Ashton Gate and has since gone on to make 221 appearances for the Robins, 40 of which coming this term in their run to seventh place in the Championship, as well as the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup.

And it appears that his fine efforts for Lee Johnson’s side over the years has attracted the interest of Allardyce’s Everton, who are reportedly eyeing up the left back as a possible long-term replacement for Leighton Baines, who turned 33 back in December.

But with Aston Villa and Newcastle United also thought to be interested, it remains to be seen whether the Toffees can indeed get their man come the end of the campaign.

Landlord’s verdict: Joe Bryan was one of several Bristol City stars who caught the eye during their incredible run to the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup, and it appears that he could be set for a move to the Premier League in the summer.

And that’s because reports suggest that Sam Allardyce’s Everton are keen on luring the 24-year-old to Goodison Park as a possible long-term replacement for Leighton Baines, who turned 33 back in December and has spent most of this season out with injury.

And with Phil Jagielka and Ashley Williams also the wrong side of 30, and all three including Baines out of contract in 2019, a nod to the future is likely to take place at the Merseyside outfit, with Bryan seemingly one man they want to land in a bid to prepare for the post-Baines years.

And given his efforts for Bristol City in recent times, Bryan could well be the man to take over the mantle in the coming years.

Everton fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!

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