Everton linked again with summer move for young Chelsea striker

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As Everton prepare for tonight’s huge clash at Newcastle United, the Blues are being linked with a move in the summer transfer window for a young Chelsea forward.

That player is Amando Broja who is on loan at Southampton this season but is a player on Chelsea’s books and who Everton manager Frank Lampard knows.

Broja is a player who was tentatively mentioned as a possible transfer target a little while back as rumours of Lampard becoming the new boss gained momentum.

I speculated that this was the sort of potential deal that might be possible with Lampard in post because of his obvious connections to the London club.

Well, according to this report it’s apparently a deal that could happen as the impact and influence of Lampard’s arrival at Goodison Park continues.

The impact of the new manager on the young players in the Everton squad and there are hopeful signs Lampard will really help develop these players like Anthony Gordon.

Albanian international Broja, is another of the many youth prospects that have emerged at Stamford Bridge in recent seasons with the most notable being players like Reece James and Mason Mount.

Both James and Mount got their big chance when Lampard was Chelsea manager, perhaps partly because he had no choice.

Along with his reputation with young players one thing Lampard does bring is the ability to attract players to the club.

We’ve already seen this with the deadline day signing of Donny van de Beek and Dele Alli. Both these players came to Merseyside in large part because of the manager’s profile and status in the game.

I have regularly speculated that if a club like Arsenal were to come in for Dominic Calvert-Lewin in the summer I would be tempted to sell. If that were to happen could a player like Broja represent an affordable replacement for the England man?

And, Lampard’s obvious links with the player might well make a difference if the highly-rated youngster has other potential choices.