Earlier today, we covered the latest on Niels Nkounkou and his potential exit from Everton before the end of the day.

The 20-year-old was reportedly the subject of talks between the Toffees and Standard Liège regarding a loan, which has been confirmed to Sport Witness by a source close to the player.

The clubs are indeed ‘working on a loan without an option to buy’, suggesting that Everton are keen to simply let the left-back, who represented France at the Olympics, featuring in their 4-3 win over South Africa, get some game time elsewhere.

In fact, the entire operation is heading in the right direction.

Signed from Marseille last summer, the youngster made a handful of appearances under Carlo Ancelotti last year, totalling six for the Italian and featuring once so far with Rafa Benitez, in the 2-1 win away to Huddersfield in the EFL Cup.

Everton clearly believe in the player, who is contracted at Goodison Park until 2023, with this year a good opportunity for him to fight for a first-team spot at Standard Liège and give Nicolas Gavory something to think about.