By Goodison News speaking to Kevin Campbell

25th May, 2023 | 6:30pm

Everton transfer news: Sky Sports pundit reacts as Conor Gallagher set to move after Chelsea previously accepted £45m bid

We’re delighted to welcome former Everton striker Kevin Campbell as our exclusive columnist. Each week the former Toffees captain will be giving his views on the biggest talking points at Goodison Park…

Everton are unlikely to be back in the race to sign Conor Gallagher this summer now that he is expected to be on the move because Frank Lampard has left, Kevin Campbell believes.

The heavy January interest in the Chelsea man from the previous Toffees boss advanced as far as getting a massive £45million bid accepted during the window according to the Daily Mail (17 April) before the player decided he wanted to stay, with the outlet reporting he will be shifted at the end of the season to help balance the books at Stamford Bridge.

While the 23-year-old looks set to not get much choice in the matter this summer as the struggling London club look to recoup some of their huge spending after a failure to qualify for Europe Campbell thinks that ship has sailed at Everton.

Speaking exclusively to Goodison News the Sky Sports pundit said: “I think [the situation] will change because now there’s a new manager in. 

“I think Conor Gallagher was linked because of Frank Lampard, and now obviously there’s a different manager at the helm. 

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“Sean Dyche might look at that and think, ‘I’ll look at somebody else’.

“He might have a different mindset as to who he needs, as opposed to Conor Gallagher. 

“And to spend £40million-odd when maybe he needs to strengthen in other positions?

“Because I don’t think Everton’s midfield is that bad, but they lack firepower.”

Lampard ultimately got his wish to manage Gallagher after he was surprisingly reappointed at Chelsea to close out the season, but the marriage has been anything but made in heaven.

In that sense it is probably a very expensive bullet dodged, for once, at Everton that the £45million stayed in the bank rather than went on a favourite of the former boss who he couldn’t get the best out of.

Chelsea are going through a little bit of what has been experienced long-term at Goodison Park currently, albeit on steroids, and while they will be desperate to make money on their saleable assets the financial constraints that have seen the Toffees referred to an independent commission over an alleged profit and sustainability rule breach likely make spending that much on anybody unlikely.