Everton are understood to be interested in a loan move for Chelsea forward Hakim Ziyech as Frank Lampard fights for his job.
The Toffees are in shocking form having won just once in the last 14 Premier League games and sit second from bottom in the table, level on points with basement dwellers Southampton.
A 2-0 defeat to West Ham on Saturday has left Lampard’s future looking uncertain – talkSPORT understands he’s held crunch talks with Everton owner Farhad Moshiri amid the club’s crisis.
Fans are in open revolt against the ownership of the club, with Everton yet to make a single signing to boost their chances of surviving this January transfer window – with just Ellis Simms returning from his loan at Sunderland the only arrival.
But that could change in the coming days as Everton look to complete a deal for Chelsea forward Ziyech, the Daily Mail reports.
The report adds the Blues are ready to sell the Morocco international, who is also on Roma’s radar, after a sensational World Cup.
After a raft of arrivals at Stamford Bridge, there might no longer be room for the winger – despite some decent form in recent appearances under Graham Potter.
But Lampard is understood to believe he stands a good chance of convincing Ziyech to make the move to Goodison Park after forging a relationship with him when he was Chelsea manager.
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It was Lampard that convinced the Stamford Bridge powers to fork out £33million for his services from Ajax, making the forward his first signing as Blues boss in 2020.
However, Ziyech has not been a huge success at Chelsea, scoring just six times in the Premier League.
Everton are looking to strike a loan deal with the London outfit for the 29-year-old with money not readily available on Merseyside. However, they would look to sign him permanently if they avoid relegation.
But it remains to be seen whether Ziyech would be ready to ditch Champions League football to become embroiled in a relegation battle.
Everton are also closing in on a deal to sign Arnaut Danjuma from Villarreal on loan until the end of the season.