Mo Besic is not expected to extend his loan with Sheffield United beyond the end of the month.
The Premier League are allowing clubs to extend contracts that are due to run out on June 30 as the delayed season looks set to be played out into July and possibly August.
Besic has been on a season-long loan to Sheffield United and there have been talks over a potential extension of the deal but the ECHO has learnt it is likely that the midfielder will leave Bramall Lane at the end of his current contract.
The 27-year-old will be back on Everton's payroll from July 1 but as he enters the final year of the five-and-a-half-year deal he signed in early 2016, he is expected to be made available for sale or loan again this summer.
Besic has made 56 appearances for the Blues since joining from Ferencvaros in the summer of 2014 but started to fall down the pecking order after the sacking of Roberto Martinez.
A serious knee injury in the first pre-season of Ronald Koeman's reign meant he would not play for over a year and when he was fit again he found his chances were thin on the ground.
Besic would spend 18 months on loan with Middlesbrough before last summer's switch to Sheffield United.
But the £4.8m signing now looks set to return to Everton next month.