Aaron Lennon is reportedly more than happy to stay on Merseyside with Everton, but with Tottenham demanding £7 million it is unlikely the Toffees will be willing to pay for his services permanently.
The former England international completed his loan move to Goodison Park in the January transfer window, with Everton fighting off stiff competition from other Premier League sides including Hull and Stoke City. Tottenham were said to be very keen to sell the winger last month but settled instead for a loan move as Lennon sought first team football.
A return to White Hart Lane is highly unlikely as he has fallen down the pecking considerably since Mauricio Pochettino took over at the north London club. Lennon has made over 267 appearances for Spurs and enjoyed a highly successful career with them, scoring 26 times.
The diminutive winger has also been capped 21 times for England whilst playing for Tottenham and is keen to add to them in the future.
According to the London Evening Standard Lennon believes that the move away from London has revitalised his career and will hopefully lead to more England caps under Roy Hodgson. Having started against Chelsea and Leicester City, Lennon is more than happy to stay with Everton, although wages and the transfer fee might prove a stumbling block.
It is rumoured that the midfielder is on £55,000-a-week and Everton are not paying that in full as Tottenham are contributing to his wages. Lennon's current contract ends in 2016 but Spurs still want to secure a sizeable fee in the coming summer window.
It would be more than beneficial for Lennon to stay with Everton, but the £7 million price tag may make Roberto Martinez reconsider his stance on keeping the winger. Expect much negotiation to get the price-tag down for a man who will only have a year left on his contract come the summer.
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