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Transfers: Lampard identifies ‘exceptional’ Man City talent as a transfer priority for January

Everton will reportedly look to sign Manchester City talent Taylor Harwood-Bellis in January, with Frank Lampard making the on-loan Burnley star a priority for the winter window, writes the HITC.

According to the Sun, the Toffees boss has already made plans to move for Harwood-Bellis in the New Year, with the centre-back thriving this season in the Championship with Burnley as the England U-21 international has flourished under the coaching of Vincent Kompany, who was appointed by the Clarets in the off-season.

Burnley currently sit fourth in the Championship standings and have done an incredible job in recent months trying to shift the entire culture of the club away from the image Sean Dyche formed during his time at Turf Moor, with Harwood-Bellis’ ball-playing style of defending an example of such a change.

And now, the defender’s performances have caught the eye of Everton, who are seemingly already planning their moves for the January transfer window despite signing the likes of James Tarkowski and Conor Coady in the summer, with Harwood-Bellis seemingly an option for the future.

Hailed by Pep Guardiola as an ‘exceptional’ talent, Harwood-Bellis has been at City ever since he was a kid and has been tipped by many to go on to become a regular for the reigning Premier League champions, though the centre-back’s performances out on loan seem to suggest that the defender is already ready to feature in the top-flight.

Moreover, with City signing Manuel Akanji on deadline day, there’s a chance that Harwood-Bellis could be tempted to sign for a Premier League rival permanently given the depth the Manchester giants already have at centre-back, with Everton a perfect club for the youngster to join.

Harwood-Bellis already looks leagues above the Championship in his opening matches for Burnley this season, and should Everton make a bid to sign the 21-year-old in January, the move could be a perfect one for the centre-back, who is ready to play Premier League football.

Indeed, the defender has always been tipped to go straight to the top, and whilst there might be a place for Harwood-Bellis in the City squad next season, the centre-back depth in the squad means there’s a very low chance the defender actually plays regular minutes for his boyhood club.