By George Overhill

23rd Jun, 2022 | 10:40am

Frank Lampard wants Hakim Ziyech at Everton as he nears Chelsea exit

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

The Moroccan international is likely to be available this summer as the London side overhaul their attacking forces, with The Telegraph reporting on 9 June they will listen to offers for him among others.

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

Lampard’s Chelsea connection has been raised as the basis for potential loan moves for the likes of Billy Gilmour, Levi Colwill, or even Conor Gallagher, but former Eurosport journalist Jones says that isn’t the only outlook.

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

“Generally, Frank Lampard is being linked with all the homegrown players from Chelsea, but I’ve been told he’ll be interested in Ziyech too if the player is keen to stay in the Premier League.”

Big time

Ziyech, 29, has been in and out of the side at Stamford Bridge since he arrived as part of the record-breaking transfer spend under the now Everton boss two summers ago, after previously starring in Ajax’s Champions League run in 2019.

There is a view that he was better suited to playing under Lampard, even though he has chipped in with some crucial goals in big games under Tuchel.

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

He has been fairly successful in his time in England, and clearly possesses quality, so could theoretically fill the gap left by the aforementioned names and being a regular starter could fully unlock his ability.

There is surely a question of 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 swap might be worthwhile.

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

However, if suitors are unwilling to meet the asking price without including a player then it is surely something Farhad Moshiri and Kevin Thelwell have to consider.