Contract negotiations

Everton want to avoid Garbutt “doing a Gosling”

Luke Garbutt EvertonThe Liverpool Echo are reporting that they believe Everton have tabled a contract offer to keep Luke Garbutt at the club after the end of the season.

Garbutt has impressed Evertonians in the last six months after a good pre-season but his first team appearances have been mostly limited to Europa League ties, in which he also shone.

With his contract set to expire at the end of the season Everton fans have been nervous that he could “do a Gosling” and leave the club on a free without any compensation being owed if the Blues had failed to offer him a fresh deal in writing.

Now though, the Echo believes that the England Under 21 star – who joined from Leeds in 2009 on a free contract after letting his deal with the Yorkshire side run down – has been offered a new deal by the Blues.

There is also talk of Garbutt being loaned to a Championship side as part of his development into a regular first team player at Everton for the rest of the season.

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