Former West Ham United manager Alan Curbishley has told Sky Sports that signing Aaron Lennon from Tottenham Hotspur on a permanent contract may not be a good move for Everton.
Lennon joined Everton from Tottenham in the January transfer window on loan for the rest of the season.
The former Leeds United winger has rejuvenated himself at the Merseyside outfit and has regained the kind of form that he showed for Spurs a few years ago.
Lennon has been truly good for Everton, but according to a recent report in The Guardian, the Toffees will have to pay as much as £9 million to sign him on a permanent deal in the summer transfer window.
It is quite a lot of money for someone who is 28 years of age, and former Aston Villa midfielder Curbishley has warned Everton against taking up the offer.
“I think the big thing now is when you sign a player on a permanent deal, do you get the same reaction?” the 57-year-old said on The Morning View show on Thursday.
“If it was me, I would be thinking, ‘Will I get the same performance from him?’ On loan, it’s a new environment, he needed to get away from Spurs to play some football… I always have my reservations about taking someone in after he has done well on loan.”
Curbishley’s concerns are valid and will be shared by many Everton fans, but given how Lennon has performed in the second half of the season, one suspects that Toffees manager Roberto Martinez will be open to giving him the benefit of the doubt.