Former West Ham midfielder Frank Lampard wants two Hammers targets for Derby County, according to reports. Lampard will be looking to sign Gary Cahill and David Okereke this summer.
In his first season as a manager, Lampard has guided Derby to the Championship play-off final. The Rams face Aston Villa next weekend in a one-match shootout to decide who plays Premier League football next season.
But it seems Lampard is already eyeing some transfers ahead of the summer. Cahill and Okereke have both been linked with West Ham. But Derby will provide competition for this duo.
According to The Mirror, Lampard wants a reunion with former Chelsea and England team-mate Cahill. The pair played together at Stamford Bridge between 2012 and 2014.
Cahill is a central defender, who could replace Chelsea loanee Fikayo Tomori at Pride Park. With Chelsea under a transfer ban, they might keep Tomori next season.
West Ham also hold an interest in Cahill. According to another report by The Mirror, the 33-year-old is still on West Ham’s radar ahead of the summer.
Manuel Pellegrini wants one more central defender. And 6ft 4in Cahill is an experienced option who could add strength in depth. But he might be tempted to join Lampard at Derby, if a compromise can be found on his wage demands.
Derby are also competing with West Ham for Spezia striker Okereke. According to Tutto Mercato Web, the Irons are thinking about a swoop for the 21-year-old forward.
However, a host of clubs are interested in Okereke. According to Il Secolo XIX (via Calciomercato), Derby are one of several clubs chasing his services.
Serie A trio Atalanta, Cagliari and Sassuolo want to pluck Okereke from the second-tier. But Croatian giants Dinamo Zagreb and Belgian duo Genk and Standard Liege are also keen.
The Nigerian youngster has scored 10 goals and provided 12 assists in 30 games for Serie B team Spezia this season. But this would be a wildcard signing for West Ham or Derby.