The former England winger started his career with Leeds United and Everton are ready to sanction his exit.
Leeds United fans may have been frustrated with the lack of investment throughout the January transfer window but even the most exasperated supporter would struggle to argue that £7 million for Swansea City winger Modou Barrow, as reported by The Sun, would represent good value.
Especially when local lad made good Aaron Lennon is available on loan, The Sun adds.
Like Barrow, whose erratic end product continues to undermine his fearsome pace, the former England international has found first-team football hard to come by this season while Gerard Deulofeu’s move to AC Milan failed to improve his prospects at Everton.
The 29-year-old has made just ten Premier League appearances and, as he enters the relative twilight of his club career, cannot afford to waste time collecting splinters on the substitutes bench.
Therefore, a temporary return to where it all began could offer the ideal opportunity to rediscover his finest form in front of an adoring crowd.
After becoming the youngest player in Premier League history when making his debut against Tottenham Hotspur aged just 16 years and 129 days, Leeds’ boy wonder only made 42 more appearances for his hometown club before embarking on a fruitful career taking him to League Cup glory, two World Cups and a remarkable Champions League campaign.
However, returning home, to a club in the second division no less, would not necessarily represent a backwards step. Leeds are going places fast under Garry Monk and could march back into the big time at the end of the current campaign.
Their promotion prospects certainly won’t be harmed by the galvanising impact of Lennon’s return. At 28, he’s been there and done plenty. In a largely inexperienced squad, the winger’s nous and big-game mentality could make all the difference.