The Liverpool Echo has reported that Everton are ready to hand midfielder Tom Davies a new contract.
The 17-year-old broke into the Blues’ first team in the final few weeks of the 2015/16 campaign as he made appearances against Southampton and Norwich City.
Davies made his first team bow in the 1-1 draw with the Saints at Goodison Park in April.
The England Under-17 captain followed that display up with a man of the match performance in the 3-0 final day victory over the Canaries – again on the Goodison turf.
His performances in both games are said to have impressed the Everton hierarchy, and the Toffees look set to reward Davies for a breakthrough campaign by offering him fresh terms.
Davies, who won’t turn 18 until June, signed his first professional deal with Everton in September.
But despite having over a year left on the two-year contract, the Blues will look to tie him down to a longer term deal to head off any potential interest from other clubs in Davies’ signature.
The centre midfielder is expected to be part of the first-team squad during the 2016/17 pre-season schedule, regardless of who Everton’s new boss ends up being.
Earlier this month interim manager David Unsworth, who has overseen Davies’ development with the Under-21s side, revealed his delight at Davies’ display against Norwich in the aftermath of the win over Alex Neil’s men.
Speaking of his performance, Unsworth said: “In particular Tom Davies who was out of this world.
“His individual performance within a team performance – and I’m not massive on individual performances, it’s all about the team for me – but he was outstanding this afternoon.
“For me, it was everything we want in an Everton centre midfielder; all-action, good on the ball, spots danger. It was a great midfield performance.”