Frank Lampard is considering a raid on his former club Derby County for young midfielder Max Bird, claims a report.
Lampard had his first taste of management with Derby last season, helping them to the Championship play-off final before moving on to the club he is most famously remembered for playing for, Chelsea.
The former midfielder has enjoyed a relatively successful first season in the Stamford Bridge hotseat, thanks in part to the trust he has shown in young players.
Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori, two of the players he had on loan at Derby last season, have both been given plenty of opportunities by the 41-year-old, and according to Football Insider, he could be set to add another youngster with a Derby connection.
The report claims that Lampard and his assistant Jody Morris are aware of the potential of Derby starlet Max Bird after giving him his senior league debut last season – as a substitute in place of Mount.
Bird has since established himself with more minutes in the Derby first team this season, and now Chelsea think he can make the step up to the Premier League.
The 19-year-old defensive midfielder is under contract at Pride Park until 2022.