By George Overhill

19th Jun, 2022 | 1:10pm

Frank Lampard will not allow Nathan Broadhead to exit Everton before pre-season work

Everton are “reluctant” to allow Nathan Broadhead to move to Sunderland until Frank Lampard has had a pre-season with him, the Northern Echo reports.

The 24-year-old spent last season on loan at the Stadium of Light and scored 13 times, leading the Black Cats to want a return.

They have held talks with the Toffees and would apparently be interested in either another loan move or a permanent exit for the right price.

But, although Broadhead is entering the final year of his contract, Lampard wants to put off a decision until much later in the transfer window after he has had time to see him first-hand in pre-season.

An elevation to the first-team is apparently an option, otherwise the club will likely loan him out again.

Everton are apparently “aware” of the Sunderland interest, as they probably should be if the two clubs have held talks, and the timing of the club’s preferred decision is “far from ideal” for the newly-promoted Championship side as they make plans for the 2022/23 season.

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The chance to sell a player who has only made two senior appearances for the club since his elevation from the youth team would seem to be what the club want at the moment, but apparently not here.

The manager has his own plans for the transfer window but little financial backing to make it happen.

Broadhead would not likely bring in a huge amount of cash, but another loan at his age doesn’t seemingly benefit anyone aside from Sunderland.

The chances of him making the leap from a good season in League One to the top flight seem slim, although not impossible.

Richarlison may well be leaving this summer which would leave a big gap in the attacking ranks at Goodison, but fellow loanee Ellis Simms is surely ahead of Broadhead in the pecking order, at three years his junior and coming off a decent season at Hearts.

Maybe the Black Cats’ target is in line for an unlikely role under Lampard, but if not it the club faces the prospect of him walking away for free next summer.

In other Everton news, one Sky Sports pundit has told the club they must “cash in” on an important first team defensive player while they can.

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