EVERTON are unlikely to move for Real Madrid midfielder Sergio Canales despite reports linking the Blues with a bid to land the Spain U-21 prospect on loan.

The Toffees have watched the highly-rated Bernabeu starlet on a number of occasions, but David Moyes has enough exciting young midfielders in his current squad and needs players who are ready to make an immediate impact in the Premier League.

Real boss Jose Mourinho is thought to be willing to allow Canales, 20, to leave La Liga in order to gain first team experience on loan elsewhere in Europe, but Moyes would be unable to guarantee the former Racing Santander star first-team football.

Canales, right, already has four caps for Spain’s Under-21 side, but did not make the squad for the European Championships in Denmark despite scoring twice in the qualifying campaign.

He was signed by Real last summer for £5 million, but only managed 15 appearances in a team featuring Cristiano Ronaldo, Xabi Alonso, and Angel Di Maria.

While Moyes is again likely to pay close attention to the loan market this summer, a centre forward remains his priority and Everton are still waiting for West Ham striker Demba Ba to decide on his future.

The Toffees remain in the chase for the prolific 26-year-old French-Senegalese forward, but wage demands in the region of £70,000-a-week remain a major problem.

Moyes will also look to find cover for Leighton Baines at left-back, although reports of him being in the hunt for Hearts defender Lee Wallace are wide of the mark.

Meanwhile, 19-year-old reserve midfielder Adam Forshaw is plotting a path towards the first team squad after signing a new one-year contract.

The winger made his Premier League debut against Wolves in the 3-0 win at Molineux last season, while featuring in a number of matchday squads towards the end of the campaign.

Forshaw emerged as a top performer for Alan Stubbs’ reserves side, and also struck a wonder-goal in the 2-2 mini-derby at Anfield.

He said: “I just want to keep improving, play every game for the reserves and hopefully start making the first team squad a bit more often.

“From there you can maybe get on the pitch a bit more, pick up those bits and pieces and keep pushing on. You don’t just burst on through, it is not like that, but if you keep working at it and playing for the reserves then you can do it gradually.

“Getting on at Molineux was a great feeling,” he added. “It is what you work every day for. I was a bit nervous but once I got out there and had my first touch I really enjoyed it.

“We had a lot of injuries around that time so I had an idea I might be on the bench, but to actually get on was fantastic. Also, later in the season when all the players were back it was pleasing to stay on the bench for games like Chelsea at home.”

The Liverpool teenager admits he feared missing out on a new deal when injury meant a slow start to the campaign.

“Things were uncertain,” he said. “I had an injury. Towards the end of the season I played more games and scored some goals but I still wasn’t quite sure which way it would go and I am obviously over the moon to be signing.”