Date: 28th June 2019 at 7:01am
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Everton’s double Premier League 2 winning striker Bassala Sambou will leave the Toffees at the end of the week when his contract expires, as per the Liverpool Echo.

The Blues had offered the German a new deal to continue his career on Merseyside, but the 21-year-old rejected the proposal as he does not see his future with the club having successfully negotiated his way to the fringes of the first-team.

Sambou is now keen to secure a move to a side that will be able to offer him regular first-team football, and he is not short of potential suitors with clubs in the Bundesliga, Eredivisie, Championship and League One all registering their interest.

While the Echo do not suggest which sides have presented their cases to the Hannover-born forward, it had been revealed in May that Blackburn Rovers were looking at the U21 star as their manager Tony Mowbray is keen to add a youthful option to his attacking ranks this summer.

Mowbray has worked with Sambou in the past, as well, as the 55-year-old was in charge at the Ricoh Arena while the Toffees ace was still in the Coventry City academy.

Since leaving the Warwickshire side on a free transfer in 2016, Sambou has made 60 appearances for the Toffees’ U23s, scoring 19 goals. Eleven of his successful strikes came in the recent campaign with nine counting toward his second Premier League 2 title, whilst assisting twice.

Sambou’s exit should prove beneficial to Ellis Simms, meanwhile, as the prolific U18 star is expected to be awarded greater minutes in the U23s next term by David Unsworth, while Marco Silva is also expected to introduce the Oldham-born striker into the first-team scene.