By George Overhill

13th May, 2022 | 4:10pm

Everton teenager Lewis Warrington set to sign new contract by next week amid free agent interest

Everton teenager Lewis Warrington is expected to sign a new contract at the club with an announcement due as early as next week, The Athletic reports.

The midfielder’s current deal is due to expire in the summer and he has reportedly been attracting interest from clubs looking to pick him up on a free transfer.

The 19-year-old has spent the second half of the season on loan at League Two Tranmere, making 17 appearances while scoring once and assisting twice from a central midfield position.

He is yet to make a senior appearance for the Toffees but looks set to extend his stay at the club.

The Athletic report says: “The Athletic understands he will sign a new contract to tie him to Everton beyond the end of the season. It could be completed officially as early as next week.”

His manager at Tranmere Micky Mellon has praised the youngster, saying (via The Athletic): “He’s capable of knowing when to link up with the front men and he’s capable of driving that midfield at back fours.”

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Warrington seems to still only be near the start of his development as a Toffees player, and having done well on his first step out on loan for first-team football it would be a shame for him to have immediately left.

Another loan move may be the next logical step, in League One or even the Championship, with experience at a key age crucial in order to potentially contribute to the first team down the line.

Frank Lampard’s men are still engaged in a relegation battle in the Premier League, so should that go south the club will likely need to turn to various younger talents as star players would surely be picked off.

But with improved results turning the tide in the fight against the drop, loanees like Warrington look likely to continue on the originally planned paths.

The midfield is currently fairly crowded, but the futures of various are likely to be away from Goodison, with Donny van de Beek’s loan to end and Fabian Delph appearing unlikely to receive a new contract.

Lampard is sure to have potential signings in mind, but involvement in pre-season for Warrington should at least put himself on the manager’s radar, having left the club for his loan move before the former Chelsea boss arrived.

In other Everton news, Jeff Stelling has predicted the result of the crucial meeting with Brentford but colleague Neil Mellor has disagreed entirely.

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