Derby County boss Frank Lampard might be forced to wheel and deal next season as he looks to streamline the wage bill.
The Rams manager has used the loan market well this season. Mason Mount, Harry Wilson and Fikayo Tomori have all had successful spells in the East Midlands.
It could be a tactic he has to take next season as well. Derby are currently up for sale and it seems unlikely that a huge kitty for players will be forthcoming.
Tomori’s return to Chelsea will leave Lampard with a gaping hole at the back and a defender is a must. Everton teenager Lewis Gibson is more than capable of plugging such a hole.
The 18-year-old arrived at Goodison Park from Newcastle in 2017 for an initial £1 million fee, according to Chronicle Live.
Gibson could eventually cost Everton another £5 million, as per the article, indicating how highly the Toffees rate him.
Gibson would fit in with Lampard’s ethos of playing out from the back, whilst he is clearly fancied as a star of the future.
The 18-year-old has been in stunning form for Everton’s Under-23s this season and would relish the chance of a tilt at the Championship.
Derby are still in the hunt for a top-six place this season. It does seem somewhat unlikely that they will win promotion. Their form has been inconsistent of late.
The next stage in Gibson’s development looks like being a loan. As a result, Derby could prepare to pounce in the summer.
Gibson would add real quality to the Rams’ squad and his arrival might be seen as a coup for the second tier.