Sean Dyche has revealed that he has spoken to Everton defender Jarrad Branthwaite, who is shining on loan at PSV Eindhoven.
The defender joined the Dutch outfit in the summer transfer window and has generally impressed in the Eredivisie having established a first-team place for himself.
The 20-year-old has been attracting interest from major clubs such as Manchester United, Liverpool and Roma.
As a result of his good form, PSV boss Ruud van Nistelrooy is eager to beat off interest and complete a permanent deal for the Everton defender as clubs are circling around for his signature.
And new Everton coach chief Sean Dyche confirmed he had been in touch with Jarrad Branthwaite.
“I spoke to him, just to catch up, say hello, let him know who I was,” said Dyche in a press conference.
” He’s going along nicely – wasn’t playing early season, got through into the team and has done nicely and played well, and he’s enjoying the experience which will be a great part of his development.”
Dyche has not commented on whether England Under-20 international Branthwaite could be in his thinking for next season.
Earlier this week, Branthwaite added that he is happy to remain as a PSV player and went on to the Eredivisie club do not have the option to buy him as part of the loan agreement he and both clubs signed in the summer.
“For now, it is only a loan. There is no purchase option in my contract. It is a nice compliment that PSV wants to keep me,” he revealed.
“I am really enjoying myself here, so I would definitely consider a longer stay at PSV. We’ll see if it works out. My contract in Everton runs until 2025. That’s still a long time and they will undoubtedly have a plan with me”