Hearts loan deal for Ellis Simms close as striker prepares to leave Everton

Everton striker Ellis Simms is close to finalising a loan move to Hearts after talks between the clubs progressed.

Only fine details of the deal have still to be ironed out with 21-year-old Simms due to have a medical in Edinburgh this afternoon. He could then take in tonight’s cinch Premiership match between Hearts and Celtic at Tynecastle Park.

A loan agreement until the end of the season has been discussed between the respective clubs with Simms keen to augment his first-team experience.

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Everton officials have monitored Beni Baningime’s progress since he joined Hearts last summer in a permanent transfer, and they feel Simms could develop well at the same club.

Everton's Ellis Simms is wanted by Hearts.

The player is quick and powerful with a 6ft 1ins frame and is viewed as someone who can compete for the centre-forward position at Tynecastle.

Hearts loaned Jamie Walker to Bradford City and let Armand Gnanduillet leave for Le Mans earlier this month, leaving them short of attacking options.

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Simms would bring youth and energy to the squad. He is part of Everton’s under-23 team having signed a new contract in November which keeps him at Goodison until summer 2024.

He made his English Premier League debut last month as Everton drew 1-1 with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and is a regular goalscorer for the under-23 side.

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Simms also claimed ten goals in 24 appearances during a loan spell at Blackpool in the second half of last season. That contribution helped the Lancashire side achieve promotion to the Championship before he returned to his parent club.

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Hearts look at Everton striker Ellis Simms to fill their attacking void
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