England Under-21 star Luke Garbutt is set to abandon plans to leave Everton on a free transfer, and sign a new five-year contract at Goodison Park, before moving to a Premier League rival on loan in the new season, according to a report in the Echo.
The 22-year-old, who is currently with Gareth Southgate's England side at the European Championships in the Czech Republic, had looked set to depart the Toffees this time last year, after making just two appearances since joining from Leeds in 2009.
But the left back enjoyed 10 games in the last 12 months as his contract dwindled down, and that has been enough to convince both Roberto Martinez and the player himself that he has a future at the club.
The Echo state that once he has committed to a new contract, Garbutt will be sent to another Premier League side on loan, with Bournemouth being a likely destination, to then return to Goodison and challenge Leighton Baines for a spot for the start of the 2016-17 season.
Why Everton's plan is good for all parties
Garbutt has just four Premier League matches under his belt, which at 22, is a fairly low amount for someone who has long been considered one of the best prospects in his position in the country.
A quick look at the stats from the matches below indicate that he was some way off the statistics posted by Baines last season.
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A loan deal would give Garbutt the chance to gain minutes and experience in the Premier League that he wouldn't get at Everton, who would then receive a stronger player back next summer. Bournemouth would also benefit of course, with Garbutt able to challenge former Spurs youngster Charlie Daniels at fullback, with the 28-year-old never having played in the top flight.
If the Cherries were to stay up, they may also be in a position to bid for Garbutt next summer.