EVERTON boss Frank Lampard is planning a shock transfer raid on old club Chelsea for Conor Gallagher.
The Toffees are hoping to confirm Premier League safety with a victory over Crystal Palace tonight.
But even if they do that, Lampard is still looking to reshape his struggling squad over the summer.
And the Daily Mirror claims that Everton have ‘a long-standing interest’ in Gallagher.
Palace play the Blues on Thursday night, but Gallagher will not be able to play under the terms of the loan agreement.
Gallagher has attracted rave reviews at Selhurst Park since his arrival from Chelsea and won the club’s Player of the Year award.
That followed on from his impressive form the season prior at West Brom.
England recognition has come his way this term and now a host of clubs are keen to secure his services.
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel is allegedly set to bring him back to Stamford Bridge for pre-season to assess whether he wants to keep him as part of his squad next season.
However, Lampard knows the star well from his time in charge of the Blues, and will be hoping to swoop if his old employers decide to cash in.
But Everton have also held a long-term interest in Gallagher themselves.
The Liverpool Echo have previously reported that they have ‘scouted Gallagher at least 10 times between 2018 and 2020’.
The ace is under contract at Chelsea until 2025 and it seems that Everton would face a major fight to sign him.
After his outstanding displays for Palace, Patrick Vieira is believed to be in the driving seat should he be heading out of West London.