Ipswich Town have agreed a seven-figure fee with Everton for forward Nathan Broadhead, we understand.

The 24-year-old has scored five goals on loan at Championship club Wigan in the first half of this season, but was officially recalled from that loan last night.  

He now has to decide whether a switch to League One and Suffolk appeals with 18 months left on his deal at Goodison Park.

According to reports in the North East, Broadhead would favour a return to his former loan club Sunderland.

The Black Cats need to bolster their forward options this month, following the recall of Ellis Simms by Everton, but it remains to be seen whether they can/want to match the Blues' offer.

Town boss Kieran McKenna has long made it clear he wants to strengthen his promotion-chasing side early this month and yesterday reiterated that the club was 'working hard on some targets'.

Chief executive Mark Ashton, who paid a £1m+ for left-back Leif Davis last summer, has insisted that the club will 'leave no stone unturned or leave anything on the table' during this transfer window.

A deal for Leicester City striker George Hirst, who has just been recalled from a loan spell at Blackburn, is also understood to be under discussion.