EVERTON starlet Lewis Gibson is being eyed by Bundesliga giants plus Newcastle and Rangers as the Under-17 World Cup winner has yet to be offered a new contract.
Centre-back Gibson broke into the England U-20 side this month but his Goodison deal runs out in the summer.
The Magpies backed Beardsley at the time but have since sacked the ex-England striker for gross misconduct after he racially abused African players.
Gibson is also friends with two new Toon heroes, the Longstaff brothers Sean and Matty
The Athletic say German top-flight clubs are equally keen on a player who has yet to make his senior Everton debut.
And Steven Gerrard‘s Scottish Premiership leaders are also thought to be considering Gibson.
And Gibson, who can also play left-back, might want to review his situation later – as Maro Silva, the bookies’ favourite to be the next Prem manager axed, battles to lift the Toffees out of the drop zone.
Gibson will be free to negotiate a pre-contract deal elsewhere in January, unless Everton offer him new terms.