By Sam Stone

29th Jul, 2022 | 12:10pm

Ellis Simms Goodison Park exit could mean Everton ramp up move for Armando Broja

Everton have confirmed the departure of Ellis Simms on a season-long loan to Sunderland and that could be an indication that the club are going to go all out for Armando Broja.

It was unclear on whether Frank Lampard wanted to keep the 21-year-old striker at Goodison Park for the upcoming season.

However, the Everton boss clearly feels that Simms will struggle for game time with the Toffees and that he should continue his excellent development elsewhere.

Simms’ exit has left Everton very short at the top end of the pitch with Dominic Calvert-Lewin Lampard’s most experienced striking option at present.

However, surely the Everton boss would not have sanctioned an exit for Simms if he was concerned that Calvert-Lewin was his only striking option for this season.

The departure of the 21-year-old should hopefully see Lampard ramp up his pursuit of Chelsea striker Armando Broja.

It’s understood that Broja wants to leave Chelsea this summer and is on the lookout for a new destination after his move to West Ham United stalls.

Lampard’s decision to let Simms go is hopefully an indication that he is lining up a new striker to come into Goodison Park in the coming days and Broja seems the obvious choice.

Plenty of work still needs to be done to land the 20-year-old with Chelsea after in excess of £50million for the Albanian according to 90min journalist Chris Smith.

However, it’s understood that if Chelsea sign a new striker that price could well come down.

Lampard will certainly be looking to use his contacts at Stamford Bridge to finalise a deal for Broja.