Prolific Everton youngster Stanley Mills is on the verge of a loan move to League One side Oxford United, according to TEAMtalk.
The U’s have been fairly active in the transfer window to date, bringing in the likes of Ruben Rodrigues from Notts County, Mark Harris from Cardiff City and Josh McEachran from MK Dons.
Manager Liam Manning is hoping that he can steady the ship at the Kassam Stadium after successfully avoiding relegation to League Two last season, two months after he replaced Karl Robinson in March this year.
It now appears as though Oxford have won the race for highly rated midfielder Stanley Mills, who has reportedly been a target of a number of clubs within the Football League. It is claimed that the 19-year-old will be allowed to depart Goodison Park on a temporary basis as he searches for his first taste of regular first team football.
Comfortable across an array of positions in the midfield, Mills made his senior Everton debut in the Carabao Cup win over Fleetwood Town last August. He made four appearances for the under-21 side in the EFL Trophy, scoring in victories over Harrogate Town and Hartlepool, whilst also hitting 10 goals in 15 Premier League 2 fixtures.
Manning Looking For Goals?
Manning is clearly aiming to improve Oxford’s attacking options for the coming season, with the side only managing to muster 49 goals during the last campaign. The arrival of both Rodrigues and Harris should help aid that statistic, whilst Mills’ prolific form from the centre of the park could also provide a boost.
It does appear as though the incomings are not at an end though, and it was reported earlier today that they also lead the race to bring in Millwall forward Tyler Burey on loan.
Stanley Mills is a player with bags of potential and could prove to be a shrewd acquisition for Oxford.
Whilst taking any young player is a risk in League One and Two, Mills’ form in the EFL Trophy in particular last season shows he is capable of holding his own in the lower divisions. The midfielder could be a big hit at the Kassam Stadium.