Aaron Lennon has emerged as a transfer target of new Watford boss, Marco Silva.
The Liverpool Echo report that Silva is interested in taking the 30-year-old on loan for the season to make use of his experience but Everton are thought to want to strike a permanent deal rather than a loan.
Lennon, a £4.5m signing from Tottenham two years ago, played only a bit part in the Blues' 2016-17 season before being treated towards the end of the campaign for mental illness.
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Kim Vivian 1Posted
Gordon White 2Posted
Works really hard. Plenty of pace. Would rather we kept him. We need a bigger squad.
Will Mabon 3Posted
I agree, Gordon. He's not exactly deadwood by any stretch and could certainly have a part to play. He usually puts in more effort than most.
Do we really need the fee we'd get for him?
David Barks 4Posted
He is nowhere near the quality of player that should see the pitch for Everton going forward. Can we please move on from this level of footballer?
Colin Grierson 5Posted
If he's not going to get game time here then good luck to him.
Brian Porter 6Posted
I agree with those who want to keep him. Really think he still has a part to play for us. His commitment and work rate are second to none. Scored a great goal in pre season game the other week.
Ray Robinson 7Posted
Would love to keep him but it may be in his best interests, given the problems he has experienced recently, to leave and play regularly. Sitting on the bench, as he mostly would here, may not be what he needs in his current situation. I wish him all the best whatever the outcome.
James Morgan 8Posted
I think we have to go with what the player feels is best for him. He would be a useful squad player but playing regularly for Watford would surely appeal to him. We need a winger either way. Good luck whatever he chooses.
Neil Thomas 9Posted
Why sell him when we are struggling with right-back cover? If I remember rightly, Spurs bought him as a right-back and switched him to a winger, as they did with Bale.
Tony Abrahams 10Posted
He was a winger Neil, but I think he concentrated too much on his defensive duties, which affected the attacking side of his game?
4-4-2 ruined many a good winger! I like Lennon, and think it might be better if he plays regular football, so for that reason, I hope he goes.
James Stewart 11Posted
I think he needs regular football to stay focused so I can totally understand a move. Wish him all the best.
Mike Gaynes 12Posted
I think selling would be a mistake. I want him with us. Love watching him play.
But if it's best for him, all I can do is understand and wish him the best.
Jamie Morgan 13Posted
Have to agree with lots said above. I welcomed the player when he joined us as a hardworking pro who wanted to play for Everton and gave his all. I was delighted to see him back for pre-season.
I think there needs to be a personal conversation between manager and player. I presume he will be used as an important but not first choice member of the squad and ask him what he feels he needs. Regular football or familiar surroundings. What Aaron needs should be priority!
Colin Glassar 14Posted
Why loan him? He's not going to get any better is he? Just sell him.
Neil Thomas 15Posted
Tony, look it up he was a right-backthey bought from Leeds. And even started his Spurs career playing there.
Roman Lizuch 16Posted
I would like him to stay at Everton. Hard working "veteran" with such a pace is very handy.
Craig Fletcher 17Posted
I would rather we kept him. He has something we have a lack of in the squad pace.
Ian Bennett 18Posted
If we let him go, I hope it's because we have someone with real pace, threat and end product to come in.
Clive Mitchell 19Posted
'Just sell him."
Or give him away on a free.
Liam Reilly 20Posted
There's got to be a place in the squad for a hardworking player such as Lennon, but as said above he would get a lot more time on the field at Watford, so I guess it'd be a good move for the lad.
Rick Pattinson 21Posted
Keep him. Handy player to have.
Dave Abrahams 22Posted
Neil (#14), sorry to but in. I looked up Aaron Lennon as you suggested and there is no mention of Aaron being a full back.
He became the youngest player to play in the Premier League when he made his debut for Leeds aged 16 as a winger, no mention of him playing at full back before that and made his debut as a winger for Spurs as a winger.
I hope Aaron stays with Everton as I think he is a very good player and no doubt he could play as a wing back but don't think he has ever been picked in that position.
Tony Abrahams 23Posted
Spurs signed him as a right back,Neil? I remember him playing on the wing for both England and Leeds, so that surprises me.
Spurs fans loved him because of his fantastic work-rate, but a lot of them felt that he had put too much effort into doing his defensive duties, and this had taken away a bit too much of his attacking game.
Jon Withey 24Posted
Stop getting rid of our wingers!
John Audsley 25Posted
He's always been a winger, didn't live too far away from me for a time in Leeds.
Top bloke, good player and superb work ethic.
I hope he stays and plays.
Robin Cannon 26Posted
Very average player who works hard.
Might benefit from a move and regular games. Don't see much point in us loaning him out, but would be happy with a permanent deal.
Paul Ferry 27Posted
The lack of width in our team is now becoming a major issue. I can't wait to see Leighton bombing up the left. It is a major issue that was all too apparent. We need a bigger squad than last season.
Just been watching Everton v Coventry 26 November 1977. Remember 6-0. Watch Dave Thomas.
Alan J Thompson 28Posted
Don't see the point in a season-long loan for a 30-year-old player. Either a free, for the player's benefit, or a nominal fee.
Anthony Hughes 29Posted
Let him go by all means but we're already short of width and pace so it will be imperative that we bring a couple of quick, natural wide players in if he leaves.
Simon Jones 30Posted
He has been a victim of not really suiting our style of play. I like him, I think he has a lot to offer and is nothing like as bad as a lot of posters seem to think, but I think he'll remain a bit part player with us. One of those players who could look fantastic in a different team.
Daniel Lawrence 31Posted
I imagine Watford want to ascertain his mental state in light of his very public problems. It could be structured somewhat like the Cleverley deal or probably more relevantly the Barry deal, where we effectively loaned him until he was a free agent and with a pre-agreed fee to be paid if made permanent.
Clive Rogers 32Posted
He is into the London social scene big time, even traveling back there after Saturday games, so I think a move to Watford would be just up his street.
David Booth 33Posted
Not good enough for Everton and all this talk about him working hard and being a good defender... what???
Another Martinez makeweight that needs to be moved on.
Good luck to him at Watford, hopefully permanently.
Mike Gwyer 34Posted
The boy only has 10 months left on his contract.
Anthony Hughes 35Posted
Lukaku, Cleverley, Deulofeu, Valencia, probably Barkley, possibly Lennon gone. Galloway, Browning, Pennington and Dowell out on loan. Coleman, Funes Mori and Bolasie out for the duration. Niasse not wanted. Williams, Jags and Barry creaking at the hinges. Looks like we've still got serious money to spend if we're going to fight on four fronts.
Victor Jones 36Posted
I want Lennon to stay. He could maybe run a team ragged coming off the bench for the last 15 minutes , when everyone is tiring. Or maybe not. But we need a big squad. Surely he can do a job from the bench.
I dont understand letting him go. But there again I don't understand most of Koemans decisions. Or is Lennon going a sign that more players are coming in???
Clive Rogers 37Posted
David (#33), very true. There is a big difference between tracking back to help Coleman and being a right-back. He's not big enough to defend balls to the far post for a start.
Going forward he was disappointing last season. Very little end product, very few crosses into the box. As you say, not good enough. Certainly not good enough for Koeman.
James Newcombe 38Posted
I'd keep him; we are sorely lacking pace as it is.
Anthony Dwyer 39Posted
Terry Underwood 40Posted
He gives us width and pace off the bench, add the odd goal or two and you have a decent squad player worth keeping. With, hopefully, a lengthy Europa League run and a decent cup run, we will need a bigger squad.
Dave Abrahams 41Posted
Keep Lennon and move Mirallis on, we'd a decent price for him, he's had four or five years to prove himself at Everton and still can't produce consistant performances.
Anto Byrne 42Posted
Good defensive pacy winger that can put in a cross. Unfortunately he has Lookman who is no doubt a much better prospect. Then Bolasie to come back and even Coleman. Then we have Mirallas. The opportunities to play get less as you look at the squad.
Do we have any other prospects in the U23 squad? Watford would be my choice, I want to play football, but then maybe it's just the money?
Jonathan Miller 43Posted
Lennon unfortunately has problems and ability; it seems the backroom staff have had enough of dealing with theformer and the failure of the latter.
Dermot Byrne 44Posted
You know for sure he hasn't recovered, Jonathan, and the views of staff? I just think the comments on this guy should have some sensitivity.
Brian Williams 45Posted
Shite that, Johnathan.
Nigel Munford 46Posted
Agree, Brian & Dermot; out of order that comment, Jonathan, subtle as a brick.
Chris Leyland 47Posted
Mental illness is still treated as if it isn't a 'proper' illness but it is. When someone has depression or other mental health issues, some people have the attitude that they need to 'pull themselves together' But no one says this about cancer or heart conditions. I for one wish Aaron nothing but good luck going forward and hope that he makes a full recovery.
Nigel Munford 48Posted
Echo your thoughts, Chris.
Steve Cotton 49Posted
Can't we please update the rumours page? This Lennon one has been main one for last 3 weeks... I need fresh stuff.
Guy Hastings 50Posted
Steve, I hear we're in for Geoff Nulty, on the QT, of course...
Steve Cotton 51Posted
Guy I was at the game where Jimmy Case ended his career.. It was a shithouse challenge if ever I saw one….
Dave Abrahams 52Posted
Dermot (44), at the time of Aaron's illness, Inwrote him a letter of encouragement and wishing him all the best for the future, as I imagine a few football fans did.
Recently Aaron sent me a reply. A large letter with an action shot of him, simply replying.
THANK. YOU Thank you for your kind thoughts and best wishes.
I am doing well and appreciate all the messages of support.
There was also a signed photograph of himself. I was hoping he would have come on last night, even for a few minutes so we could have all shown how much we are behind him in his fight to recover, maybe in a future game very shortly.
Darren Hind 53Posted
Top man Dave
Thanks for sharing that with us
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