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Frank Lampard tells Everton to sign Manchester United outcast before transfer deadline


Frank Lampard is set to be confirmed as Everton’s new manager (Picture: Getty)

Everton are primed to enter the race to sign Donny van de Beek from Manchester United on Frank Lampard’s recommendation.

The Chelsea legend is set to be appointed as Rafa Benitez’s successor after a chaotic search from the Spaniard’s replacement neared its conclusion on Friday evening.

Vitor Pereira appeared to be the frontrunner, but the former Porto and Fenerbahce boss’s impending arrival drew a furious backlash from an already disgruntled fanbase, who were highly skeptical of the decision to appoint Bentiez in the summer due to his links with Liverpool.

Donny van de Beek has started just four games for Manchester United this season (Picture: Getty)

Lampard impressed during a second interview and will now be given the task of galvanising a club that has slipped dangerously close to the relegation zone following a disastrous run of results.

The 43-year-old is chomping at the bit after he was sacked by Chelsea 12 months ago and, according to Fabrizio Romano, already has ideas as to who he wants to sign during the closing stages of the transfer window.

Van de Beek has again played a bit-part role at Old Trafford this season and appears surplus to the requirements of Ralf Rangnick having started only two matches since the German replaced Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Patrick Vieria had been keen to sign Donny van de Beek for Crystal Palace (Picture: Getty)

The former Ajax star had been interesting Valencia, but the Spanish club have dropped out of the race, leaving Crystal Palace as Everton’s main rivals to sign the 24-year-old

According to Sky Sports, Palace stepped up their interest in the United midfielder after Gunners hero Dennis Bergkamp – who is Van de Beek’s father-in-law – contacted his former team-mate Patrick Vieira to discuss a possible deal.

Regardless of his eventual destination, former United star Dimitar Berbatov believes it is time for the Netherlands international to find a club who will play him on a regular basis.

He said: ‘Any move that gives Donny van de Beek the opportunity to play is a good move for him.

‘It’s not working out for the Dutchman at United and it doesn’t matter who the manager is, he’s constantly on the bench, and not playing enough minutes to get into shape and form.

‘It’s best for him to follow Anthony Martial and leave to club to go and play elsewhere.’


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