It has been reported that Ligue 1 outfit Stade de Reims will ‘soon announce’ the signing of Scottish youngster Fraser Hornby from Everton.
The supposed move was initially reported by L’Equipe but the report from RMC Sport has ‘confirmed’ that the deal will be going ahead.
Supposedly, it is just a matter of time before Stade de Reims announce their capture of the Scotsman in a deal which will see less than €2m (£1.8m) exchange hands.
RMC Sport also revealed that Horby is set to sign a four-year contract with David Guion’s side that will see him stay at the Stade Auguste-Delaune until 2024.
With the 20-year-old forward having made only one senior appearance for the Toffees during his time at Goodison Park (per Transfermarkt), a fee around €2m (£1.8m) seems like good business for the Toffees.
That appearance, too, was as far back as 2017; when the striker played most of the match away to Apollon Limassol in the Europa League (per Transfermarkt).
Should Everton be keeping hold of Fraser Hornby to see how he develops?
Yes, he seems like a talent
No, we should get rid
At Under-18 level, the Scottish forward seemed to have been a real talent as he has bagged an impressive 16 goals and three assists in 20 appearances for the Toffees’ Under-18s.
However, a loan move to KV Kortrijk in the Jupiler Pro League this season may have suggested that he is not cut out for the Toffees’ first team.
Over 14 first-team appearances for the Belgian outfit, Hornby netted just four goals and one assist (per Transfermarkt).
That seems to have been enough to convince Stade de Reims to take a punt on the 20-year-old forward, though, due to his supposedly impending departure.