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Midfielder Williams set for Bolton loan

21-year-old impressed in his time at Barnsley last season and is closing in on another Championship move

Burton Albion v Barnsley - Sky Bet Championship
Joe Williams is regarded as one of Everton’s best young prospects
Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images

Everton central midfielder Joe Williams is reportedly close to joining Bolton Wanderers on loan.

Williams, who is yet to make an Everton first team appearance but has been named as a substitute five times, has been with the club since the age of seven, and was part of David Unsworth’s Premier League 2 title-winning side of 2016/17.

He enjoyed an excellent spell at Barnsley last year, despite their relegation from the Championship; he made 38 appearances for the Tykes and was an ever-present up to November.

His only goal, a long-range strike at Burton Albion, won the goal of the month award for October. A rumoured £1 million bid for the youngster from the Oakwell club was rejected by Everton in January [HITC].

His time at Yorkshire was curtailed in April due to a muscle injury, but having returned to full fitness over the summer, Williams looks on his way to another spell in England’s second tier with the Trotters [Football Insider].

Several Championship clubs have apparently been keen on Williams this summer, including Bristol City, Birmingham City and Hull City, but the player appears destined for a move to the Macron Stadium.

With the Blue further strengthening their options in the middle of the park with the loan signing of André Gomes from Barcelona, a temporary move for the highly-rated Williams looks his best hope for first team football this season.