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O'Neill: Everton's Gibson Not Available for Loan at This Moment in Time
Saturday, 11th Jan 2020 20:59

Town general manager of football operations Lee O’Neill says Everton youngster Lewis Gibson is a player that the Blues have had a look at but that at present the 19-year-old isn’t available for loan.

Gibson is understood to be well up manager Paul Lambert’s list of potential loan signings to replace Toto Nsiala, who completed a switch to Bolton until the end of the season on Friday.

Asked about Town’s interest in Gibson, O’Neill confirmed that the England U17, U18 and U20 internationals is someone the Blues are keen on.

“Lewis is a player that we’ve had a look at. We’ve had a restructuring of our scouting system, we’ve got a number of players that we’re interested in across the country that we’ve identified,” he told BBC Radio Suffolk’s Life’s a Pitch (1hr 31mins 48secs).

“He’s one on a long list of players that we would like but at the moment he’s an Everton player and that situation’s not going any further forward at this moment in time.”

Gibson is out of contract at Goodison Park at the end of the season and has been linked with a return to his former club Newcastle.

Quizzed on whether Everton loaning him out is dependent on him signing a new deal with the Toffeemen, O’Neill added: “I don’t know about that. It’s up to them to figure that situation out. All I know is that at this moment in time he’s not available for loan.”

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shefki86 added 21:04 - Jan 11
Did someone say.......Tommy Smith?

ITFCsince73 added 21:07 - Jan 11
If there’s a loan fee involved. And a clubs prepared to pay it.
He’s available.

Pilgrimblue added 21:29 - Jan 11
Simple just get Smith in he must be ideal for us as we lack so many lefties.

Didn't understand PL prematch as he seemed to dismiss this out of hand. Hope he has someone better in mind!!

agentp added 08:14 - Jan 12

Doesn't work like that. If his contract is up at the end of the season and another PL club is interested there is no way his agent will allow him to play in the 3rd division and risk an injury. Clubs don't own players, they are just employees. It's like your boss shipping you off to clean sewers because another company is prepared your employer for your services.
Everton contract signed, wages guaranteed and he'll probably go out on loan.

Saxonblue74 added 08:32 - Jan 12
Tommy Smith did a good job for us but I don't agree with getting him back. We need to look to the future, not the past. If that means a season or two in this league to develop then so be it.

Ipswichbusiness added 09:11 - Jan 12
If I was his age and experience I’d want to come to a club like us as there would be a realistic prospect of first team action. You can always have a transfer in a couple of years to a Prem club if things go well. Perhaps agentp is right and money talks.

r2d2 added 09:57 - Jan 12
Saxonblue, we dont need another season in this league. Utter nonsense.

runningout added 14:14 - Jan 12
of course Gibson’s available for loan. I’ll do the sensible football chat.

Saxonblue74 added 16:08 - Jan 12
R2d2, I'm not suggesting we need longer in this league but we're never going to buy success and short term loans are not the answer. It's pointless looking short term for promotion just to see them return to their parent clubs, then it's back to square 1. Better to hang onto the young talent we have and build a future.

ITFCsince73 added 16:26 - Jan 12
Utter rubbish agentp.

blues1 added 18:01 - Jan 12
Itfcsince73. Agents is actually spot on. And running out. What are you on about? If everton say hes not available for loan, then he isnt.

runningout added 19:43 - Jan 12
I wonder if we have the right people attempting to bring in players.

ITFCsince73 added 20:48 - Jan 13
What are you on about blues1?
Every post you write is either pulling up a poster or criticism aimed at many.
Get over yourself.

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