Report: Everton youngster Luke Garbutt no longer joining Bournemouth

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The England under-21 international was reportedly heading to Dean Court on loan.

Bournemouth’s plans to bolster their squad for their Premier League debut do not include signing Everton’s promising left-back Luke Garbutt on loan, according to the Bournemouth Echo.

The Cherries have apparently cooled their interest in the 22-year old, who featured in all three games as England’s under-21’s crashed out of the European Championship in disappointing fashion.

Garbutt has had two spells away from Goodison Park at Cheltenham and Colchester, but spent last season in and around the first-team.

He made his first start for Everton in a League Cup game in September and continued to appear in the FA Cup and Europa League. His cup form earned him his first Premier League start in place of the injured Leighton Baines, and he went on to make 12 appearances in total.

The right move?

Given Garbutt’s performances when called upon last season, it’s understandable that Roberto Martinez would want to keep him around next season. He’s proved himself to be more than capable cover for Leighton Baines and will likely be a cup competition regular again next term.

Bournemouth, meanwhile, will likely be after more Premier League experience as they continue to add to their squad. The arrival of Sylvain Distin on a free transfer is an excellent piece of business and more of that ilk will likely follow. For all of Luke Garbutt’s promise, he is not an established Premier League defender, and Eddie Howe will now have to turn his attention elsewhere as he endeavours to bring those important qualities on board.

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