Everton allowed André Gomes to go out on loan to Lille towards the end of the last summer window.

The midfielder has been a regular for the Ligue 1 side this season. He’s made 21 appearances in all competitions, managing a goal and an assist in the process.

Lille don’t have an option or obligation to make the 29-year-old’s stay permanent and will have to hold fresh talks with Everton to retain him beyond this season, according to Jeunes Footeux.

The French club were initially sceptical about the former Barcelona man since he struggled with injuries in recent years. Therefore, their decision to take him on loan was a ‘risky bet’.

After a slow start, the Everton owned player has gained importance, so much so that he’s now become an ‘indisputable holder’ at Lille. It’s explained they could have ‘big regrets’ with Gomes, likely because of the lack of option or obligation to buy him.

In addition to this, Lille will have to deal with competition from clubs in Spain and Portugal to buy him from Everton.

Gomes’ contract at the Merseyside club lasts until 2024 and the next window will be the last big chance for the Toffees to cash in from his sale.