EVERTON boss Frank Lampard is making Manchester City’s England Under-21 skipper Taylor Harwood-Bellis a transfer priority.
Lampard wants a new centre-back and his spies are now camped out in Burnley to put together a file on the posh young defender.
Harwood-Bellis has seen a cut above the Championship and his passing range suits top-flight football.
The local and City fan has never shown any sign of wanting to leave Pep Guardiola’s squad but that may change.
City have just signed Borussia Dortmund defender Manuel Akanji to get ahead of him in the queue for a game at the Etihad.
Everton could try to snag the loan deal for the season with a January purchase but it’s far more likely to be a nosedive for next summer.
The city may be open to a sale with a buyback clause, a new way of trading they seem interested in, and that could work for all parties.
Burnley boss Vincent Kompany would be keen to line up against Harwood-Bellis if his club is promoted, although the fee would be a challenge.
The central defender joined the City Academy in 2008 at the tender age of six.
The defender rose through the ranks in 2019 as he started going through a string of loan stints.
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The 20-year-old got his first experience at Blackburn, Anderlecht and Stoke before joining Burnley in July.
Harwood-Bellis has played eight senior games for City and scored a goal against Port Vale in the FA Cup two years ago.
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/6142718/manchester-city-taylor-harwood-bellis-frank-lampard-everton-burnley/ Man City star Harwood-Bellis is wanted by Lampard’s Everton as Blues plans to join Burnley ace on loan