Everton to loan out Barkley
Everton midfielder Ross Barkley is set to follow the David Beckham route to the top by going out on loan to gain first-team experience.
Manager David Moyes wants to send Barkley out to a Championship club, with Sheffield Wednesday the favourites.
Moyes plans to keep the 18-year-old at Goodison Park as cover until the transfer window shuts, then allow him to make a temporary move when the Football League loan window opens in early September.
He hopes the experience will prove every bit as useful to Barkley as it did to former England captain Beckham, who had a short loan spell at Preston early in his Manchester United career.
Beckham spent a month at Deepdale in 1995, where he played in the same team as Moyes.
And the Everton manager will let Barkley go on loan once he is sure his squad is strong enough to cope without him.
He told the Daily Mail: "I'm thinking about getting him some Championship experience maybe in the coming month or two.
"I can't do it right now until the squad is strong enough. I want him to go out and play. It seems right.
"I remember David Beckham coming to play when I was at Preston. You've got to remember Ross is still a boy."