According to the Liverpool Echo, Everton will be letting winger Josh Bowler leave the club when his contract ends this summer.
Bowler was a hot prospect when he was emerging through the QPR ranks, and Everton pounced to sign him in the summer of 2017.
With Steve Walsh in charge of the club, Everton struck a £4.25million deal for Bowler, paying £1.5million up front and the rest in add-ons.
Those add-ons likely won’t have been met, as Bowler hasn’t even made his first-team debut during his four years with the Toffees.
A loan spell at Hull City last season didn’t exactly help Bowler, and with his contract expiring at the end of next month, he will now be allowed to leave.
The 22-year-old was once branded a ‘top player’ by Everton Under-23 coach David Unsworth, but it just hasn’t worked out for him at Goodison Park.
Bowler will likely attract League One or Championship interest as teams look to sign him for free and work with his untapped potential.
A once-exciting signing for Everton will now end with a very quiet exit, with Bowler barely known outside of Everton – and that’s not really what Walsh had in mind when he swooped in 2017.