By George Overhill

9th Nov, 2022 | 7:10am

Frank Lampard remains “hugely keen” on signing Luke Shaw with talks between the Manchester United defender and Everton “ongoing”, FootballTransfers.com reports.

The England left-back’s current contract at Old Trafford expires in the summer, but the club hold the option to activate a one-year extension.

He reportedly prefers to sign a new five-year deal in Manchester, with option for a further year again, but the club are concerned about his injury record and official talks have not yet opened, which is keeping the Toffees boss extremely interested.

The latest report says: “Though Manchester United’s priority at the moment is the right-back position, the opposite side could still be tweaked yet.

“FootballTransfers understands that Luke Shaw did have talks with Leicester City and Everton over the summer – and discussions with the Toffees remain ongoing.

“Everton manager Frank Lampard is hugely keen on the England international but Shaw is hoping for a contract extension at Old Trafford.”

Lurking

Quality-wise Shaw would surely be a strong addition to the Toffees squad, even though Vitalii Mykolenko has developed into a good player under Lampard after a slow start.

If United opt not to extend his deal then he could be available for a cut-price, assuming it is unlikely that they will allow him to leave for free without triggering their option.

In that situation there is surely mileage in the deal, but if he is after big wages the club have to be cautious after being burned a number of times before on injury-prone stars.

Everton have proven to be cursed by bad luck in terms of injuries for defenders of their own, so Shaw’s history almost seems like asking for trouble.

There would also be shades of the Fabian Delph and Morgan Schneiderlin deals if the club plowed much cash into signing Shaw, with the pair proving not worth the investments upon their exits from Manchester sides, due to a combination of fitness and form.

Although it seems clear that Lampard wants to add another option on the left side of his defence, if money is tight again over the next couple of windows he surely need to be using it in attacking areas, judging by the relative strength of the back line, and the struggles further forward.

But it seems the Toffees boss is right on top of this situation if an opening arrives, so the next move is United’s as to whether they want to give Shaw what he wants.