EVERTON boss Frank Lampard is ready to loan out big-money buy Nathan Patterson to get him game time.
The defender has been frustrated by injuries in a slow start at Everton and managed just 45 minutes action in the FA Cup against Boreham Wood.
But Lampard wants a new right-back and the feeling is Patterson needs to play more matches.
Championship sides will be queuing up for the ten-cap Scotland star.
And the only question is whether the loan is for half a season or the full campaign.
Everton are also due to decide on the future of their former youth striker Ellis Simms after a handful of loan moves.
The 21-year-old could be sold to one of his Championship admirers, with Huddersfield and Millwall all keen on him.
Simms had a successful spell with Hearts in the Scottish Premiership last season.
The Terriers are confident they can win the race to sign him.
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But their rivals may yet try to outbid them for the promising forward, who has two years left on his Toffees contract.
Everton have already sent Jarrad Branthwaite on loan to PSV Eindhoven, with Joao Virginia joining SC Cambur.
Meanwhile, Jonjoe Kenny and Cenk Tosun have departed on free transfers.
And fan favourite Richarlison left to join Antonio Conte’s Tottenham.
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There’s been just one arrival in James Tarkowski, a free agent after leaving Burnley.
But Lampard is keen on making several signings before the start of the season, including Norwich’s Max Aarons and Wolves’ Leander Dendoncker.