The former Chelsea player and manager has been handed the reins at Goodison Park just over a year after he was sacked from his post at Stamford Bridge and will succeed Rafa Benitez
Frank Lampard has agreed a two-and-a-half-year deal to manage Everton, after what were described as swift and amicable negotiations.
And his first job will be to rubber-stamp at least two new Blues signings, with the Mersey club involved 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 thrash out the details of his contract, cutting a negotiation that would usually take a week down to 24 hours.
That was because owner Farhad Moshiri wants him in place by Monday to take training when the players return – and also to have the final say on the players he wants as he looks to steer his new team away from relegation trouble.
The length of the contract is something of a surprise, given that it is shorter than usual for a big name manager, but there is realism on both sides and an understanding that if Lampard does well he will renegotiate a new deal.
The former England player indicated to the Monaco based billionaire owner that he wanted to bring the former Chelsea, Real Madrid and PSG assistant manager Paul Clement into Goodison as his number two, and his wish was granted.
The decision raises questions over the position of current assistant manager Duncan Ferguson, who was strongly in the running to be the next manager and ran Lampard extremely close in the final round of interviews.
Ferguson had his supporters on the board during the process but eventually lost out as Moshiri agonised over his decision on Friday night, and eventually decided on Saturday afternoon. It is thought that Ferguson will stay in the club, but in what role is yet to be determined.
Mirror Sport understands Lampard has spoken to Ferguson and asked him to stay.
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The priority for the Blues with the deadline looming is a midfielder, and it is understood that Everton have already reached an agreement in principle to bring Donny van de Beek in on loan from Manchester United.
But they have been forced to spin several plates, because they have already secured one domestic loan in this window, in signing Villa forward Anwar El Ghazi until the end of the season.
That means they are only allowed ONE more domestic loan deal, and there is also interest in Tottenham attacking midfielder Dele Alli.
Everton CAN’T sign both on loan, and while they have limited funds available to make a signing in the window, they are unlikely to be able to agree a fee for either before the window closes on Monday night.
But they can make another loan signing from overseas, with a scenario unfolding that would see them turn to their former midfielder Idrissa Gana Gueye.
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Contact has been made over the Senegal international, but that again is complicated, because he is currently at the Africa Cup of Nations with his country, and was playing on Sunday night.
Lampard may be asked to decide between van de Beek and Alli, and if Everton can agree a loan deal for Alli, then they would pursue Gana Gueye as a defensive midfield option. Lampard is also thought to want a defender before the window closes.
The former Chelsea manager travelled to Merseyside on Sunday night to prepare to welcome back the players from a mini-break, as he looks to hit the ground running.
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