SHEFFIELD Wednesday are believed to be tracking Everton starlet James Wallace.
A 19-year-old midfield player, he has just signed a new one-year deal at Goodison Park.
But even if a full transfer is unfeasible, Everton could well be willing to let him go out on loan again.
Wallace won glowing reports for the form that he showed while he spent the last three months of the season on loan at Stockport, where he played 14 games.
Although the club were relegated from League Two, Wallace is said to have been outstanding, showing all-round ability in a central role and he was made captain for the last couple of matches.
Everton are understood to have monitored Wallace during his spell at Edgeley Park and to be pleased with his progress.
They may allow him to increase his experience by playing on loan at a higher level.
Wednesday have already seen how signing a youngster on loan from a Premier League club can pay off: Wolves 20-year-old Danny Batth proved to be an asset.
Wallace was born on Merseyside and came through the Goodison Park academy. An England Under 20 and Under 19 international, he has made one first-team appearance, as a sub in the Europa League against Czech outfit Sigma Olomouc almost two years ago.
He also played one game for Bury while on a month’s loan there last year. In February, he blasted home a goal on his debut for Stockport, in a 4-1 defeat by Macclesfield.
Gary Megson wants to bring another seven players into Hillsborough after signing Scunthorpe centre half Rob Jones and Swindon midfield player David Prutton.
His rebuilding efforts will be influenced by various factors: targets being attainable, contract decisions from James O’Connor, Lewis Buxton and Jermaine Johnson, and whether or not certain players can be shipped out.