By George Overhill

3rd Aug, 2022 | 5:10pm

Everton set for full Chelsea negotiations to sign Frank Lampard favourite Billy Gilmour on loan

Everton are set to begin “full negotiations” with Chelsea to sign Billy Gilmour on loan ahead of multiple interested clubs, Fraser Fletcher reports.

It is widely known that Frank Lampard is a big fan of the young Scot, having given him his debut at Stamford Bridge, and would like to add him to the Toffees midfield.

That looks to be a step closer after contact between the clubs, with initial enquiries now due to move onto official talks over a season-long move to Merseyside.

Former BBC journalist Fletcher wrote on Twitter on Wednesday afternoon (3 August): “Everton extremely keen on getting Billy Gilmour on loan.

“As I’ve said before Frank Lampard is a huge fan and Chelsea ready to hear proposal for season long loan. Enquiries have already been made, full negotiations to begin shortly.

“Lots of clubs also considering Gilmour bid but Lampard and Everton to move first. Club also priority is striker position.”

Perfect match

If this move doesn’t happen then something must have gone badly wrong, since the interest is so heavy from the Toffees boss and the opportunity makes so much sense for both Chelsea and Gilmour.

They had hoped that the Scotland international would have pushed on with the benefit of regular football at Norwich last season.

But amid a tumultuous season that saw a managerial change, fans take against him, and the Canaries get relegated, the progress he had hoped for didn’t really materialise.

He is no closer to featuring regularly in the first-team under Thomas Tuchel, and has probably been overtaken by Conor Gallagher, whose own loan spell at Crystal Palace went far better.

To get his career back on track Lampard has got to be the ideal man to play under, especially if the club complete the deal for Idrissa Gueye to play alongside him, which looks to be imminent.

It is not guaranteed that Gilmour can recapture the form that he showed in his first appearances under the manager when they were both at Chelsea, but as long as his confidence hasn’t been knocked too much since then it is hard to see circumstances that could give him a better chance to do so.