Everton interested in Lampard’s former Chelsea charge

Frank Lampard is interested in bringing Chelsea striker Hakim Ziyech to Everton as he nears an exit from Stamford Bridge, according to Dean Jones.

The Morocco international is likely to be available this summer as the London side overhaul their attacking forces. The Telegraph reports on June 9 that she will listen to offers for him, among others.

The former Ajax star was signed when the Toffees boss was in charge for £33million and made 83 appearances for the club but struggled at times to fit into Thomas Tuchel’s system from.

Lampard’s Chelsea connection has been mooted as a basis for potential loan moves for Billy Gilmour, Levi Colwill or even Conor Gallagher, but former Eurosport reporter Jones says that’s not the only prospect.

He told Give Me Sport: “The changes at Chelsea will likely lead to Ziyech looking for a new club, and Everton are on one side keeping tabs on the terms of any exit.

“Generally, Frank Lampard is linked with all local Chelsea players, but I’ve been told he would also be interested in Ziyech if the player wants to stay in the Premier League.”


Ziyech, 29, has been back and forth at Stamford Bridge since arriving as part of record transfer spending under the current Everton boss two summers ago, having previously played in the Champions League ‘Ajax in 2019.

It’s believed he was better placed to play under Lampard, although he scored some crucial goals in big games under Tuchel.

The crossing ability he has in his left foot would surely be of interest to Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who has suffered from the lack of creativity in the Toffees squad without James Rodriguez, Lucas Digne and Gylfi Sigurdsson.

He’s had enough success during his time in England and clearly has quality. So he could theoretically fill the void left by the aforementioned names and being a regular starter could fully unlock his abilities.

There is surely some question as to whether he would be affordable for the cash-strapped Toffees, but with Chelsea reportedly keen on a move for Richarlison [Mail] the prospect of a trade might be worth it.

The same has been on the table with Tottenham’s interest in the Brazilian, particularly in light of the interest in Harry Winks, but the club are believed to prefer cash.

However, if suitors are unwilling to meet the asking price without including a player, that’s surely something Farhad Moshiri and Kevin Thelwell need to consider.

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