League One side Derby County have emerged as favourites to sign Everton striker Lewis Dobbin, as per the report from The Athletic.

The 19-year-old is a product of the Everton academy and has worked his way up the ranks with his first-team debut coming last season.

Back in January, the forward committed his future and put pen to paper on a long-term deal on Merseyside, but it sounds like Frank Lampard’s side are ready to let him leave on a temporary basis to aid his development, and a move to the EFL may be his destination.

The Athletic are reporting that Derby have moved ahead of the chasing pack and are favourites to sign the striker this summer. The report states that the attacker is ‘close’ to agreeing a loan deal for the season ahead.

A number of the Toffees’ exciting talents, including Jarrad Branthwaite, have recently benefited from loans, and the Stoke On Trent-born talent looks as if he’ll be next to follow in their footsteps, with his next destination likely to be Pride Park.

Rams manager Liam Rosenior has said previously that the club were looking to sign players on loan from Premier League sides, as Derby still look to add to their current squad.

Dobbin comes in with a track record of scoring goals, with him racking up 25 goal contributions in 31 appearances in the U18s Premier League.

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