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Everton youngster set for transfer to China

Defender has not made an Everton appearance for more than three years

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Browning has had loan spells at Wigan Athletic, Preston North End and Sunderland
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Everton central defender Tyias Browning is said to be close to joining an unnamed Chinese club in the next 24 hours.

Browning, 24, yet has featured only once in Marco Silva’s first team matchday squad this season, as an unused substitute in the 1-1 home draw with Huddersfield Town in September.

Sky Sports’ Alan Myers has now reported that Browning is now close to leaving the club he joined as a 10-year-old:

Browning has made only nine Blues senior appearances, the last of which came in October 2015, and is still part of David Unsworth’s under-23s squad.

But he was absent from Unsworth’s side in their 2-0 victory against Chelsea on Monday night, with the under-23s boss confirming post-match that Browning is close to a departure:

“I’m hopeful. Hopeful of Tyias, he might have something very soon to announce.

“Certainly, hopefully, Tyias, in the next 24 - 48 hours we might have something to announce.”

During his time with Everton, Browning has also had loan spells in the Championship, at Wigan Athletic, Preston North End and Sunderland.

Browning is also eligible to represent China at international level through his grandfather.