Frank Lampard agrees to manage Everton after Farhad Moshiri U-turn

The former Chelsea player and manager was handed the reins at Goodison Park just over a year after being sacked from his role at Stamford Bridge and will succeed Rafa Benitez.

Frank Lampard has agreed a two-and-a-half-year deal to manage Everton, after what have been described as quick and friendly negotiations.

And his first job will be to approve at least two new signings from the Blues, with the Mersey club embroiled in complicated talks to bring two potential loan deals to the club… and a possible signing.

Lampard met Everton chairman Bill Kenwright in London on Sunday to discuss details of his contract, cutting a negotiation that would typically take a week to 24 hours.

That’s because owner Farhad Moshiri wants him in place by Monday to practice returning players – and also to have the final say on which players he wants as he seeks to move away. his new team relegation issues.

Frank Lampard has been out of management since the start of last year

The contract length is somewhat surprising, given that it is shorter than usual for a top manager, but there is realism on both sides and it is understood that if Lampard is successful he will renegotiate a new contract.

The former England player has told the Monaco-based billionaire owner that he wants to bring former Chelsea, Real Madrid and PSG assistant manager Paul Clement to Goodison as a number two.

That would raise questions over the position of current assistant manager Duncan Ferguson, who was strongly in contention to be the next manager and steered Lampard very closely in the latest round of talks.

Ferguson had his supporters on the board during the process, but ultimately lost as Moshiri fretted over his decision on Friday night, and finally decided on Saturday afternoon. Ferguson is believed to remain at the club, but in what role remains to be determined.

The priority for the Blues with the looming deadline is a midfielder, and it is understood Everton have already agreed in principle to bring Donny van de Beek on loan from Manchester United.

But they have been forced to turn several plates, as they have already secured a domestic loan in this window, signing Villa striker Anwar El Ghazi until the end of the season.

This means they are only entitled to ONE additional domestic loan deal, and there is also interest in Tottenham attacking midfielder Dele Alli.

Everton CANNOT sign both on loan, and although they have limited funds to make a signing in the window, they are unlikely to be able to agree a fee for either before the window closes Monday evening.

But they can make another loan move by signing abroad, with a scenario unfolding that would see them turn to their former midfielder Idrissa Gana Gueye.

Contact has been made with the Senegalese international, but again it is complicated, because he is currently in the African Cup of Nations with his country, and was playing on Sunday evening.

Lampard could be asked to choose between van de Beek and Alli, and if Everton can secure a loan deal for Alli then they would pursue Gana Gueye as a defensive midfield option. Lampard is also believed to want a defender before the window closes.

The former Chelsea manager traveled to Merseyside on Sunday evening to prepare to welcome the players back after a mini-break as he looks to get going.

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