Everton to reward Tom Davies with improved contract - sources

Everton are ready to hand midfielder Tom Davies an improved contract to reward his impact in the first team, sources close to the club have told ESPN FC.

Davies has been one of the finds of the season for Everton after breaking into the first-team plans of Ronald Koeman.

The 18-year-old midfielder made his debut for Everton last April against Southampton before going to make his first start in the 3-0 victory over Norwich on the final day of the 2015-16 season.

Davies was rewarded for his progress last August with a new five-year deal, but the club are ready to bring him in line with other first-team players as a result of his importance to the side now.

He has established himself as a regular in the starting XI since Christmas, playing in all 12 games, and is set to feature in his first Merseyside derby against Liverpool on Saturday.

Davies has started nine of 10 games in 2017 and he has played a key role in Everton's recent good run of form after picking up 23 points from their last 10 games.

Meanwhile, Yannick Bolasie, who is recovering from a serious knee injury, has told Sky Sports he is unsure if Romelu Lukaku will remain at the club amid uncertainty over the striker's future.

"I speak to Rom [Lukaku] every day and when a man has his plan, he has his plan," Bolasie said. "You can't really stop that.

"Players have ambition, as players they want to play in the highest team possible and Rom for me right now, at his age, is a world-class striker and there aren't many about like him.

"I'm not surprised but I'm sure that Everton are going to find a way to deal with it."