By Goodison News speaking to Kevin Campbell

13th Jun, 2022 | 4:10pm

Sky Sports pundit predicts Frank Lampard pursues Billy Gilmour to Everton move amid Chelsea news

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Frank Lampard “for sure” might pursue a deal to bring Chelsea midfielder Billy Gilmour to Everton this window, according to Kevin Campbell.

It was announced on Monday [13 June] that the Stamford Bridge side had triggered an option to extend the young Scotsman’s contract another year to 2024 [The Athletic], but he faces an uphill battle to feature prominently in the Blues squad after an up-and-down loan move to relegated Norwich in 2021/22.

And with the crowded house in Thomas Tuchel’s midfield Sky Sports pundit Campbell thinks it is a ripe situation for the Toffees to benefit from thanks to the manager’s connections there, with both Gilmour and Conor Gallagher competing for a spot at their parent club.

Speaking exclusively to Goodison News he said: “I’ve seen enough from Billy Gilmour, knowing that he’s such a young lad, but he plays with such a maturity to his game.

“I think what Frank Lampard’s trying to do is obviously get somebody in that centre of the park who can dictate the tempo of a game. 

“And Billy Gilmour’s done that. He’s done that for Chelsea. I’ve seen him do it at times for Norwich, and I’ve seen him do it for Scotland. 

“So is it something that he [Lampard] might pursue? Yeah he might pursue it, that’s for sure. 

“Obviously that Chelsea knowledge might allow him to go and get a couple of players who maybe everybody doesn’t know about.

“I’m sure Conor Gallagher is one who the Evertonians look at and think, ‘Well, we wouldn’t mind him coming to the club’.

“So I think it’s going to be an interesting window.”

Gilmour, 21, broke into the first team at Chelsea under Lampard, earning man-of-the-match honours in his first two appearances, and while Tuchel is thought to value him highly he may be available for loan after the move to Carrow Road wasn’t as successful as hoped.

There would be no better place for him to get back on track than under the man who he thrived with most in Lampard, especially as he can remain in the Premier League to do so.

It may be harder to convince the West-Londoners to let go of Gallagher, 22, who has been tipped for a role under the German manager after impressing at Crystal Palace, but there is almost certain to be an excess at Chelsea and Lampard is surely front of the queue if loan moves are available.

In other Everton news, Campbell believes £20million is worth paying for a man who could be the answer the Toffees boss is looking for.

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