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Everton ‘exploring’ potential loan deal for Chelsea’s Fikayo Tomori — report

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Everton emerges as a loan destination for Big Fik

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Fikayo Tomori spent last season on loan in the Championship at Derby County under Frank Lampard, delivering enough impressive performances to be named their Player of the Year at the end of the season. The next logical step in Tomori’s progression would thus involve a bigger challenge, be that at Chelsea or on loan at a top flight club.

Today, Sky Sports, in their Transfer Centre section, report that Everton are keen on taking Tomori on a ‘potential loan’ deal for next season.

Tomori has featured in every preseason game so far but he remains stuck behind David Luiz, Andreas Christensen, and Kurt Zouma in the pecking order, with Antonio Rudiger set to return and slot in ahead of him in early September as well. At 21 years of age, there’s little to be gained for Tomori from just sitting around on the fringes of the first-team, so a loan would probably be the best solution.

This transfer window has already seen two Chelsea players linked with Everton, but while Tiemoue Bakayoko’s future remains up in the air, Chelsea have quashed any approach involving Kurt Zouma, especially after Lampard publicly declared his wish to keep the defender. Everton taking Tomori instead would make sense for all involved, although rumors earlier in the summer hinted at Tomori being done with the loanee life. Supposedly valued around £10m, he does have two more years left on his Chelsea contract.

While this rumor isn’t exactly concrete interest from Everton, a loan for Tomori looks very likely to happen, be that on Merseyside or elsewhere.