Everton will only send Tom Cannon out on loan once they have made some new signings.

That’s according to journalist Alan Nixon, who has claimed the striker is in high demand but won’t leave until the Toffees have brought in a replacement.

Cannon joined Preston North End on loan during the January transfer window and netted eight goals in 20 appearances in the Championship, including five in as many games as they looked to reach the play-offs.

The 20-year-old became one of Preston’s most important players in the second half of the season, with Cannon even receiving praise from their opponents. Liam Rosenior hailed the striker as ‘outstanding’ following the Lilywhites’ draw with Hull City in February.

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With Cannon returning to Finch Farm this summer, he is now expected to be head back out on a season-long loan and has already attracted interest from the likes of Preston, Sunderland and Sheffield Wednesday.

Sean Dyche is eager to offer Cannon regular first team football in the second tier so he can potentially make an impact in the Toffees’ senior team in the future, however the club will need to bring in attacking reinforcements first.

The Merseyside outfit currently have only Cannon, Neal Maupay and Dominic Calvert-Lewin as their striker options, with all three linked with moves away this summer. Arnaut Danjuma may also take up a central role if needed.

A loan move is the most sensible decision for Tom Cannon

There was previously talk about Tom Cannon being handed a chance in the first team after he was called up to the squad for Everton’s pre-season schedule, however it now looks like he could leave on loan.

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Ellis Simms’ time with in the Premier League pretty much sums up why Cannon should leave Goodison Park this summer, with the former Toffees striker recalled in January from his spell with Sunderland.

Simms was developing brilliantly on Wearside before returning to Everton to make only two starts in the Premier League.

Cannon wants to avoid ending up in the same situation last season and should instead be allowed to continue his progression that he started at Deepdale.

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