Everton hope to send Lewis Gibson on loan to a club who mirror the style of play Carlo Ancelotti wants to bring to Goodison Park.
The ECHO understands Championship outfit Huddersfield Town have impressed with their vision for the player next season as new manager Carlos Corberan looks to implement a pressing style following his summer appointment.
Gibson, 20, spent the second-half of last season at Fleetwood Town and helped propel them into the League One play-offs after winning six and drawing three of his nine league appearances before the campaign was curtailed due to coronavirus.
Carlo Ancelotti and Everton are keen for the former Newcastle United centre-back, who signed a new deal in January, to continue gaining senior experience with the view to him challenging for a first-team place next summer.
Leeds United ran the rule over Gibson in their search for a centre-back to replace former loan star Ben White but Huddersfield – or a move to the Bundesliga – are currently his likely destinations.
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Everton and their scouting department have worked hard to ensure Gibson finds a club and system that will both aid his personal development and allow him to fit seamlessly back into the fold when he returns.
Huddersfield are particularly impressed by the statistics recorded by the defender while at Fleetwood – particularly his individual duels won – and Everton are pleased by the identity and style of football Corberan wants to bring to the John Smith’s Stadium.
Gibson is keen to continue playing senior first-team football after impressing under Joey Barton last term and the plan is clearly set out for him to challenge for a role with Ancelotti next summer.
Everton have a positive relationship with Huddersfield – owner Phil Hodgkinson was chairman of Southport before purchasing his boyhood club last summer – and sent Jonas Lossl back on loan to his former club during the previous term.
It is believed Corberan is highly thought of by Everton and they believe he could be the perfect manager to continue honing the talents of England youth international Gibson.
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