Everton fans want Joe Bryan - is Bristol City swap deal a possibility?

Everton fans celebrate Chris Smalling of Manchester United's own goal by lighting a flare during The Emirates FA Cup semi final match between Everton and Manchester United at Wembley...

Bristol City have arguably the Championship's best left-back in Joe Bryan - but they face a challenge holding onto him with Everton's fans keen.

Joe Bryan of Bristol City(C) celebrates after scoring his sides second goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Bristol City and Nottingham Forest at Ashton Gate on December 16,...

Bristol City are onto something special this season. Sitting second in the Championship and through to the semi-finals of the EFL Cup after famously knocking out Manchester United, Lee Johnson’s side have come an extraordinarily long way in such a short space of time.

So, understandably, they would rather avoid seeing their squad picked apart in the January transfer window. But Joe Bryan could not have done more to put himself squarely in the shop window.

His stunning goal against United in that EFL Cup quarter-final had Everton fans demanding for the left-back’s arrival at Goodison Park in January. Adventurous, attack-minded and blessed with a wand of a left-foot, he looks every inch a perfect Leighton Baines successor.

Bristol City`s Joe Bryan (L) vies for the ball with Manchester United`s Matteo Darmian (R) during the English League Cup quarter-final football match between Bristol City and Manchester...

But if Everton do want to bring the Bristol-born Bryan to Merseyside, they could make a difficult deal just that little bit easier. After all, they have a player Bristol City want in Premier League 2 winning midfielder Liam Walsh.

According to The Sun, The Robins are keen to land the 20-year-old for £1 million in January. Walsh, who played three times on loan at Birmingham City in the first half of this season, possesses that controlling influence and expert passing range that should make him a perfect fit for Johnson’s free-flowing style.

Liam Walsh of Everton during the NI Super Cup U21 football match between Everton and Espanyol at Coleraine Showgrounds on July 21, 2016 in Coleraine, Northern Ireland.

So if Everton are to listen to their fans and make Bryan a priority in the January window, Bristol City’s interest in Walsh may just play into their hands.

A cash-plus-player deal means all parties would benefit to some extent.

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