West Ham are reportedly interested in signing Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley at the end of the season and that deal could help Frank Lampard in his pursuit of Bayer Leverkusen star Kai Havertz.
David Moyes attempted to take Barkley to the Olympic Stadium in January but Chelsea rejected the loan proposal.
Barkley broke into the Everton team while Moyes was in charge and now the Scot wants to be reunited with his former midfielder.
The Mirror claim West Ham are to offer Barkley regular football which may help him break into the England squad ahead of Euro 2021.
The 26-year-old had fallen behind Mateo Kovacic, N’Golo Kante, Mason Mount, Willian and Jorginho in the pecking order at Stamford Bridge.
However, Lampard has trusted Barkley with a starting birth in each of their last three matches and he scored the winner against Leicester in the FA Cup quarter-finals.
If Chelsea are to sell Barkley, two-and-a-half years after he joined from Everton for £15m, it will enhance their Havertz kitty.
Leverkusen were holding out for a £90million fee but that has dropped to £70m after they missed out on Champions League football.
Lampard has already spent £80m on Ajax ace Hakim Ziyech and RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner so funds may have to be raised to complete the rest of his plans.
West Ham buying Barkley could be a welcome boost to the Blues’ finances and enable them to then move for Havertz.
“I’m certainly excited about the squad we’ve got, with the young players and if we can get a few additions for areas I feel we need,” Lampard recently said.
“We didn’t bring in anyone in January, it didn’t work out to be right for us at the time, and last summer we couldn’t bring anyone in, so those windows are gone and we haven’t changed.
“So I am excited about the squad we’ve got, if we can freshen up in the right areas we all know that.”