Everton consider Chelsea's Tino Anjorin if they can't get Morgan Gibbs-White - report
Everton are considering Tino Anjorin as an alternative if they are unsuccessful in signing Morgan Gibbs-White, according to the Daily Mail.
The Toffees have had a £25million offer for the Wolves attacker rejected so far and the club are operating under tighter financial circumstances than most years.
There is also significant competition for the 22-year-old’s signature within the Premier League so Frank Lampard identified Chelsea youngster Anjorin as the option he will turn to if necessary.
A former manager at Stamford Bridge, Lampard knows the 20-year-old from their time together there, where he gave him his Premier League debut, against Everton, then managed by former another Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti.
The versatile midfielder had moved to Lokomotiv Moscow a year ago on a loan-to-buy deal at the behest of Ralf Rangnick, and looked set to become the main man in the Russian capital.
But a significant injury derailed his progress and when the German then took the manager’s job at Manchester United he returned to Chelsea before spending the rest of the season on loan at Huddersfield.
Anjorin is certainly at a crossroads at this point in his career, having made the bold choice to move to Russia and make his way in the senior game.
The way that plan fell apart so quickly could easily have knocked his confidence, so the prospect of the manager that showed that confidence in him previously coming back in for him could be exactly what he needs.
It has widely been expected that Lampard would return to his former club in the transfer market this summer but so far that has not come about despite much reported interest.
Gibbs-White is understandably the primary target after a breakout season on loan at Sheffield United in the Championship in the 2021/22 season.
But Anjorin is highly-rated and needs another opportunity to kickstart his career, and both can play in a variety of attacking positions.
With the Wolves man, and free agent Jesse Lingard to whom the Toffees have offered a contract, beginning to prove more expensive than planned Anjorin could be the man who ends up filling that gap.
In other Everton news, winger Anthony Gordon is considered to be worth £50million.