WANDERERS are planning to explore the loan market in the January transfer window, but who could they sign?

Ian Evatt has hinted he could look to players from Category One academies as they wouldn’t impact the club’s EFL quota.

The Whites are located near some of the UK’s top academies, which could give them an edge over their League One rivals.

Here are four young prospects in the North West who could fit the bill for Wanderers in January.

Anthony Elanga, Manchester United

Elanga is clearly part of United’s plans for the future, having recently signed a new long-term deal at Old Trafford.

However, the 19-year-old has made just three appearances this season and would benefit from a loan spell as he continues his development.

Moreover, Elanga is versatile and can play as both a central striker and a winger, which makes him a natural fit for Wanderers’ system and would give Evatt more tactical flexibility.

James McAtee, Manchester City

James McAtee is another exciting prospect, having made his senior debut for Manchester City last month against Everton.

The 19-year-old is the club’s top scorer at Under-23 level, having already found the net 11 times this term.

City have already sent Callum Doyle on loan to Sunderland to gain first-team experience this season, and perhaps McAtee could follow suit.

Ellis Simms, Everton

Ellis Simms is another young talent who recently made his Premier League debut, starting for Everton in their 1-1 draw with Chelsea earlier this month.

The 20-year-old already has League One experience, playing a key role in Blackpool’s promotion to the Championship during a successful loan spell at Bloomfield Road last season.

However, Simms is reportedly attracting interest from the Championship which could make a deal difficult to pull off in the January window.

Moreover, Rafa Benitez may be reluctant to allow him to leave on loan following their recent Covid outbreak and injury struggles.

Lewis Richardson, Burnley

Lewis Richardson has lots of potential, having already made his Premier League debut at the age of 18.

The Burnley youngster has an eye for goal and can also play in the Number 10 role, which could be an attractive prospect for the Whites following Antoni Sarcevic’s departure earlier this season.

Moreover, the short journey from Burnley to Bolton could work in Wanderers’ favour in terms of a potential loan deal.