Everton defender Lewis Gibson is keen to secure a return to Newcastle United in the hopes of fast-tracking his path into senior football, according to Football Insider.
Gibson moved to Goodison Park in 2017 in a deal that could reach £6million, but he is yet to earn his first-team debut and is out of contract on Merseyside next summer.
Gibson represented Newcastle’s Under 18s twelve times and their U23s twice before leaving for Merseyside in 2017, where he has gone on to make a further 30 U23s outings and made his England U20 debut in September (TransferMarkt).
The 19-year-old also helped contribute to a youth double last season, as Everton’s junior ranks topped the Premier League 2 standings and clinched the Premier League Cup, where they beat Newcastle 1-0 in the Final.
No senior debut as of yet has made Gibson reconsider his future at Goodison Park, though, and he is said to be ‘very keen’ on moving back to St. James’ Park after Sean and Matty Longstaff broke into the first-team fold.
Newcastle are reportedly interested in luring Gibson back to the North East after two years away (Daily Mail) and are thought to have increased their hopes of landing his services by parting company with U23s boss Peter Beardsley.
Gibson had forced his way out of the Magpies in 2017 after Newcastle opted to back the youth coach when the teenager lodged a complaint over his conduct, with Beardsley denying any wrongdoing at the time.
The Toon have since fired Beardsley after he was issued with a seven-month ban from the Football Association, who found him guilty of using racist language.
A move by Newcastle could come against opposition from Scottish powerhouse Rangers, as Steven Gerrard’s Gers have likewise been credited with interest (The Athletic) in the defender free to negotiate a pre-contract in January, with his Toffees deal expiring next June.
Gibson would rate the chance to play senior football higher than a lucrative contract offer and would move for a nominal compensation fee if his Everton contract expires.
Football Insider add that the teenager could try and push for a loan move in January, but Everton are unlikely to accept a temporary offer, with the winter window presenting the Toffees with their final chance to land a full transfer fee for the 6ft prospect.
Newcastle likely would stand an advantage over Rangers if the battle for Gibson’s services came down to the two clubs, with his previous connections to the Magpies a huge bonus for their position.
Gibson is also said to be friends with the Longstaff brothers (Daily Mail), and their progression from the youth set-up to the first-team in the past year would easily be looked at favourably by the Toffees prospect.
Whether Everton offer Gibson a new contract to ward off the interest emerging remains to be seen, and the defender’s decision from those negotiations will better paint a picture of what the future has in store for him.
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