Everton have confirmed that Fraser Hornby has completed a move to Stade de Reims, ending a six-year stay at Goodison Park. The Toffees say the fee is undisclosed, but Transfermarkt say Reims have paid £1.8m for the 20-year-old. Hornby failed to nail down a starting place on Merseyside and spent last season out on loan, so his departure this summer isn’t a surprise.
The striker joined Everton from Northampton Town in 2014 and has gone on to make 20 appearances for the U18s (16 goals, 3 assists), 33 appearances for the U23s (8 goals, 3 assists) and one appearance for the first-team. His only outing at senior level came in the form of an 82-minute showing in Everton’s Europa League win over Apollon Limassol (December 7, 2017).
Hornby’s inability to get regular playing time led to him being loaned out to KV Kortrijk, where he made 14 appearances in all competitions, scoring four goals with one assist. Things didn’t work out at Everton, but he’s still young enough to realise his potential.
Hornby has represented Scotland at U17 (8 games), U19 (8 games, 3 goals) and U21 (13 games, 6 goals) level, so he’s still one of the better young talents around.