Frank Lampard wants Manchester United star Donny van de Beek to be his first signing at Everton.
Lampard is on the verge of becoming Everton’s new manager, replacing Rafa Benitez at Goodison Park.
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And with little time to make new signings in the winter window, Fabrizio Romano claims the former Chelsea boss has already informed Everton he wants Van de Beek through the door ahead of the deadline.
Excl: while Crystal Palace are progressing in talks with United since Wednesday, Everton have now entered in the race to sign van de Beek. 🇳🇱 #EFC
Lampard’s set to sign and wants Everton to try for Donny. Crystal Palace will push again to get the deal done. Two clubs race now. pic.twitter.com/LiQfRZ2aM3
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) January 29, 2022
Van de Beek has featured for just 68 minutes in the Premier League this term and has made a total of 19 starts in all competitions for United since joining in the summer of 2020.
He’s grown increasingly frustrated at his lack of opportunities, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and now Ralf Rangnick believing he’s unsuited to the rigours of Premier League football.
Rangnick confirmed earlier this month Van de Beek wanted to leave to get regular playing time and force his way back into the Netherlands squad ahead of the World Cup in Qatar.
Netherlands boss Louis van Gaal has omitted Van de Beek from all three of his squads so far this season.
Crystal Palace have been linked with Van de Beek throughout the winter window, with Vieira’s former Arsenal teammate, Dennis Bergkamp, reportedly intervening to ‘trigger’ the deal.
And a report on Saturday claimed ‘another Premier League club and an unknown overseas club’ have also ‘provisionally agreed terms on a loan’, and it’s now up to Van de Beek to decide where he goes.
The other Premier League club is thought to be Newcastle, but it now appears Everton are also in the running.
Former United striker Dimitar Berbatov believes Dean Henderson should join Van de Beek and the already departed Anthony Martial in forcing through a move from Old Trafford.
“I’m not surprised to see that Dean Henderson has handed in a transfer request, I was expecting it,” Berbatov said.
“Same for Donny van de Beek and Anthony Martial. These players aren’t playing and it’s clear they aren’t happy and as long as they love what they do, playing football, they should move.
“Henderson was bought to play in his view, David de Gea was going through a difficult period. Signings can galvanise a player, you’re not at your best then all of a sudden you have competition, so you gather yourself and start producing.
“That’s what happened with De Gea and it was bad news for Henderson. I fully understand why he wants to leave.”