According to a report by Football Insider, former Derby County target Matthew Pennington will look to cancel his Hull City loan deal and move back to Everton in January.
Pennington has barely featured for Hull this term after joining in the summer.
The central defender has bags of Championship experience following a decent loan spell at Ipswich Town last season, and he reportedly attracted the interests of Derby.
The East Anglian Daily Times claimed the Rams attempted to lure him to Pride Park last January. His loan deal at Ipswich, however, complicated the situation.
But in the same report, Derby were once again reportedly keen to reignite their interest in the summer. This time, they missed out on him to recent opponents Hull City.
Pennington, 25, has had a frustrating time at the KCOM Stadium. He has featured for just 17 minutes in the Championship this term with The Tigers using him as back-up.
Football Insider add Everton will look to secure him another loan in January.
Could Matthew Pennington do a job for Derby County?
Derby are currently short on centre-back options. Richard Keogh’s recent dismissal leaves just Curtis Davies and loanee Matthew Clarke as the two natural senior centre-backs.
Players such as Andre Wisdom, Craig Forsyth, George Evans and Krystian Bielik could potentially step in, but none of them are natural centre-backs.
Pennington could also provide a long-term option. Neither Curtis Davies, out of contract next year, nor Clarke, on loan, are expected to be at Derby beyond this season.
After loan spells at the likes of Coventry City, Leeds United, Ipswich and now Hull, Pennington should be setting his sights on a permanent move away from Everton.