Hornby is still awaiting his Premier League debut for the Toffees, only featuring in one of their Europa League games last season. But he has been impressing for their under-23 side, and really made a name for himself during the international break.
The striker scored five goals across two games with Scotland's under-21 side, including a stunning strike in the win over The Netherlands and a hat-trick against Andorra.
And it appears that his form has caught the eye of plenty of clubs. The Sun on Sunday (16/09; page 63) reports that he has a 'queue' forming with sides interested in signing him on loan, and Everton could sanction a temporary move for the teenager in January.
The Sun on Sunday suggests that League One is the most likely destination for Hornby at this stage. But given his form during the most recent break, perhaps it should not be the greatest surprise if some second tier sides also take a look if he continues to impress.
And while Everton may currently plan to loan Hornby out in January if the right offer comes along, perhaps Marco Silva should not shut the door on the idea of keeping him and gradually integrating him into the first-team at Goodison Park.
The Toffees do not have a large number of natural striker options to pick from, so perhaps Hornby may get handed a chance at some stage in the near future - which could prove to be bad news for the list of interested sides if he can impress.