Everton striker Ellis Simms decides on loan amid pursuit of Sunderland, Blackpool, Huddersfield and Millwall
Everton striker Ellis Simms has opted for a loan move to Sunderland for the new season amid high interest, according to The Gazette.
The young goalscorer enjoyed a successful loan move to Hearts in the Scottish Premiership for the second half of last season, and Robbie Neilson had wanted him back but ultimately admitted it was beyond his reach.
Blackpool were another side pushing for his signature, with the 21-year-old also spending the second half of the 2020/21 season there, scoring 10 in all competitions.
The Gazette report they had terms agreed with the Toffees to take him, but amid a six-club race, including Huddersfield and Millwall, he chose the Black Cats instead.
With Frank Lampard losing his main goal threat to Richarlison so far this transfer window, and the club struggling mightily to bring in reinforcements during the window, Simms could have been in line for a key role at Goodison.
It looks like he’s decided otherwise though, and the latest news suggests he’s due for another temporary exit, this time for the Championship.
Either Kevin Thelwell and Lampard know something about potential inbound moves before the window ends or it’s a big bet.
After battling West Ham to sign Armando Broja for weeks, it looked like the Albanian’s pursuit had been lost, but the Hammers are now close to signing Gianluca Scamacca so the Chelsea youngster could still be available .
The situation at Stamford Bridge is becoming increasingly confusing with Thomas Tuchel reluctant to lose the striker despite the player himself wanting to move unless he has assurances.
Against this backdrop, Simms would surely have been a sensible option to keep at Everton, as he has recent senior experience and has shown himself capable of making an impact with seven goals for Hearts.
It will all depend on how well Dominic Calvert-Lewin can personally bounce back from a horrific year, amid a loss of form and injury struggles.
If he gets back to his best it will be a huge boost, but without Richarlison’s replacement there is still a gap in previous production.
Salomon Rondon is an option but hardly prolific, so fans are sure to be hoping someone else arrives before the window closes.
In an ideal world, Simms would probably opt for a final loan move, although there is an argument for keeping him on as a back-up even if there are two top strikers in place.
Assuming this move is complete, it either means something exciting is in the works or Everton are taking a big risk.