Aaron Lennon is on his way to Everton and according to some reports, he could be making that move permanently. The move first made the news when Jermaine Jenas received a text from Lennon, while on the air on BBC 5 Live, informing Jenas that Lennon's move to Everton had been finalized.
Aaron Lennon just texted @jjenas8 on @bbc5live . He's going to @Everton on loan til the end of the season. #bbcdeadlineday— Mark Chapman (@markchapman) February 2, 2015
Since those initial reports that the loan deal was close to being done, additional sources have come out to say that the deal might include an option to make the move permanent, which, depending upon the fee could be either really good or really bad.
Everton loan deal for Aaron Lennon is with a view to a permanent move.— paul joyce (@pjoyceexpress) February 2, 2015
Despite being an egg on the Twitters, Paul Joyce is actually a pretty reliable source and if he believes that the deal includes an option to buy, then I'm inclined to believe him.
While it is no surprise that Lennon looks to be leaving, it is a bit surprising that he would be heading off to Everton without Kevin Mirallas acting as some sort of bargaining chip. As has been discussed ad nauseum, Mauricio Pochettino is a huge fan of the Belgian, and I would definitely like to see his versatility in our squad. So that is a little sad.
Before losing our collective minds, however, we should contextualize this with a little more help from the Twitter machine, and Phil McNulty.
Spurs would have pursued a late interest in Mirallas given the slightest encouragement from Everton - they didn't get any.— Phil McNulty (@philmcnulty) February 2, 2015
We may not have had anything to work with in this negotiation, and Levy is simply making the best of the situation. If this is what transpires, kudos to Lennon for angling a move to a better club, and kudos to Everton for being a tough negotiator.