By Andrew Maddox

11th Jul, 2022 | 1:10pm

Everton striker Ellis Simms facing uncertain future ahead of USA summer tour

Everton have named young striker Ellis Simms in their squad for their tour of the USA despite transfer talk swirling around him.

Simms enjoyed a fruitful loan spell at Hearts last season, scoring seven goals in 21 matches in all competitions but has been largely frozen out of the Everton squad.

He has made just one Premier League appearance for The Toffees, but the Liverpool Echo confirmed on Monday morning (11 July) that he will be getting a chance during their American tour this summer.

The Scotsman reported on 5 July that Hearts were keen to take him back permanently but were priced out of a move thanks to his £15,000 per week wages.

This leaves his options wide open ahead of the new season, with a string of clubs now circling for his signature.

What should he do?

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The most obvious question facing Simms ahead of the 2022/23 season is should he stay and fight for a place at Everton?

He has had two productive spells out on loan, also impressing for Blackpool during the 2020/21 season, and scored for fun at youth level for Everton so he may feel inclined to try and break into the Toffees squad.

With Everton selling Richarlison and Newcastle being linked with a move for Dominic Calvert-Lewin by the Newcastle Chronicle, there may be an opening for Simms.

However, the chances of him actually breaking into the team appear slim and Everton want to sell according to The Scotsman.

Ryan Taylor reported on 5 July that both Rangers and Middlesbrough want the frontman, but The Gers would seem off the cards.

The report from Taylor was published before Rangers signed Antonio Colak, who would start ahead of Simms for the Glasgow giants.

That leaves Middlesbrough as the best destination should he leave Goodison and they would be appealing to him.

Chris Wilder’s side seems right in the mix for promotion after some stunning transfer business this summer and they would be able to offer a competitive wage.

They also need a striker, having just two recognised forwards in their current squad, so Simms should get a good amount of game time.

Middlesbrough would seemingly present the best option for all parties as Simms looks to kick on in senior football.