Despite speculation linking him with a move away, it now appears that Luke Garbutt is prepared to commit his long-term future to the Toffees.
According to the Liverpool Echo, the 22-year-old will sign a five-year deal at Goodison Park, but will spend the entirety of next season out on loan, as the Merseyside club are not convinced that he is ready to challenge Leighton Baines for a regular first-team spot.
Newly-promoted Bournemouth are currently the favourites to sign him, with his parent club wanting him to stay in the top flight.
The Echo report that the Cherries, along with Swansea City, had offered the full-back a contract when his future was up in the air. And that interest may remain despite the former Leeds trainee committing himself to Roberto Martinez’s side.
Although he joined the club six years ago, it was not until this past season that he really established himself as a potential first-team player. He made ten appearances in all competitions, and showed glimpses of real quality, especially when crossing the ball.