By Sam Stone

4th Aug, 2022 | 3:12pm

Simon Phillips expects Everton to sign Billy Gilmour on loan with talks set to commence

Journalist Simon Phillips expects Everton to sign Billy Gilmour on loan with talks set to commence over a move to Goodison Park for the 21-year-old.

According to BBC journalist Fraser Fletcher (via Twitter, 3 August) Everton are set to begin negotiations for the 21-year-old midfielder.

Phillips, who has inside connections at Stamford Bridge and is part of the TalkChelsea editorial team, believes that Gilmour is deal that he expects to get done.

He told GIVEMESPORT on Wednesday 3 August: “Lampard wants all three [Michy Batshuayi, Ross Barkley and Gilmour].

“Obviously, Everton might have a different opinion on that, a different view, but Lampard obviously would like to sign Michy Batshuayi.

“I don’t think that’s going to happen at the moment, because I think that’s being more pushed from Lampard’s side than the club’s side.

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“Billy Gilmour is one I do expect to happen on loan.”

Promising addition

This could be a good fit for Everton and Gilmour, with the young Scot in desperate need to rejuvenate his career after a disappointing loan spell at Norwich City in the 2021/22 season.

Frank Lampard could be a good manager for the 21-year-old to work under after previously being given opportunities by the Everton boss when he was in charge at Stamford Bridge.

Furthermore, Gilmour is also a player that could develop during his time at Goodison Park, which is why Lampard should be pushing the club to secure a permanent deal.

The Toffees must start developing players with a view to turning them into assets moving forward.

Gilmour does fit the bill and has plenty of Premier League experience considering he is still in a developmental stage of his career.

He would be a good addition at Goodison Park, but Lampard has to be looking at signing a striker in the coming days after Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s injury.

The Toffees are heading into the new season desperately short up front with a new forward surely a priority for the Lampard.