If Sunderland decides to pursue a bid to bring Ellis Simms back to the club, they are expected to face significant competition from their Championship rivals this season, writes the SunerlandEcho.
Simms had a notable impact during his time on loan at Sunderland last season, scoring seven goals in seventeen appearances before being unexpectedly recalled by Frank Lampard at the start of the January transfer window. Despite Sunderland’s hopes of his return, Simms remained at Goodison Park due to Everton’s inability to secure additional striking options.
During his 11 appearances under Sean Dyche, Simms scored a crucial goal against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, which played a vital role in Everton’s successful fight against relegation. However, this raised uncertainties about his long-term future. With just one year left on his contract, it is highly unlikely for Simms to go on another loan unless he agrees to a new contract with Everton. A similar situation occurred with Nathan Broadhead last summer, as Sunderland initially secured a permanent deal for the former loanee, but he later chose to renew his contract and go on loan to Wigan Athletic.
Ipswich Town is now reportedly among the teams interested in signing Simms if Everton decides to make him available for transfer. With a highly competitive budget, Ipswich aims to build on their promotion last season, and they have already caught the attention of Sunderland head coach Tony Mowbray.
Given Simms’ impactful performances at Sunderland and previously at Blackpool, it is highly likely that there will be interest from other Championship clubs as well. Considering Simms’ contractual situation, it appears that Everton will have to seriously consider a permanent transfer this summer. However, it is unlikely that they would allow any movement until they secure additional cover for Dominic Calvert-Lewin.