The Toffees player has played just over 50 Blues games in his five years on the Goodison Park club’s books.

Everton midfielder Muhamed Besic played an hour for the Toffees’ Under-23s as David Unsworth’s side put in an impressive display in Tuesday’s 2-0 friendly win over National League side Chorley (official Everton website).

The 26-year-old forced home keeper Joe Anson into a smart low save within the first eight minutes, one of several early Everton attacks along with Ellis Simms and Anthony Gordon.

Meanwhile, Fraser Hornby also impressed for the Toffees as he got on the end of a Besic delivery on the stroke of half time, but he fluffed his lines and failed to control his finish.

In the end, an own goal from Anson and a late strike from substitute Manasse Mampala – his second in his many matches – saw the young Blues secure victory as they step up preparations ahead of 2019-20, in which they are defending Premier League 2 and Premier League Cup champions.

Besic has been on the Goodison Park outfit’s books since the summer of 2014 when Roberto Martinez signed him in a reported £4million move from Ferencvaros (Guardian), but the Bosnia & Herzegovina international has made just 56 appearances for the Merseyside club and has been shipped out on loan a few times.

According to TeamTalk, Championship side Fulham are on the verge of buying Besic, whose appearance in the U23s appears to suggest even more than previously thought that he is surplus to Marco Silva’s requirements at Goodison Park, and a figure of £5million has been mentioned for the Cottagers to acquire his services.

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