Ipswich Town want to sign Everton left-back Luke Garbutt on a permanent deal.

The defender has impressed on loan at the League One side this season, as per a report by the East Anglian Daily Times.

Garbutt, who is 26 years-old, is due to stay at Portman Road until the end of the season. He has made 14 appearances in all competitions this term and has chipped in with four goals.

Ipswich boss Paul Lambert has admitted he wants to sign him this winter: “I think Lee (O’Neill, general manager) is talking to Everton already because Luke has done great, scoring five goals from, more-or-less, left back. We’re really happy with his contribution since he’s been here.”

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He added: “We could do (sign him in January) because Luke really enjoys it here, playing in front of big crowds every week. A lot will depend on Everton and on Luke of course.”

Garbutt joined Everton as a youngster in 2009 from Leeds United and since made 12 appearances for their first team, spending most of his time at Goodison Park out on loan.

He has had stints at the likes of Cheltenham Town, Colchester United, Fulham, Wigan Athletic and Oxford United in the past.

Garbutt has seemed to have found a home at Ipswich and now at the age of 26 could do with joining a side on a permanent basis.

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