Chelsea boss Frank Lampard and coach Jody Morris are looking to snap up Max Bird from Derby this summer.
The 19-year-old was handed his debut by the ex-England midfielder last season after impressing in training.
Since then, Bird has made himself an integral part of Phillip Cocu’s side after starting 12 of the last 13 matches for the Rams.
And it has led to interest in Lampard, now in charge of Chelsea.
The Englishman had just one year of managerial experience before taking on the full-time role at the Blues.
It comes after leading Derby to the play-off final in the Championship, where they were beaten by Aston Villa.
Frank Lampard managed Derby last season
Nevertheless, Bird had done more than enough to impress Lampard enough to take an interest at Chelsea.
According to Football Insider, Chelsea are prepared to move for the midfielder in the summer.
Lampard and Morris reportedly see the teenager as a player with enormous potential in an area the Stamford Bridge outfit are looking at.
They also believe he has the capabilities to shine in the Premier League.
Derby County’s Max Bird has a big future ahead of him
Chelsea are looking to land a defensive midfielder that can act as an anchor.
It has led them to Declan Rice of West Ham, as well as Derby’s Bird.
The England international was a trainee at the Blues before they let him go with the Hammers swooping for the youngster.
Chelsea have a number of positions they would like to strengthen n the transfer window.
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Lampard wants a new left-back, a striker and a winger after already signing Hakim Ziyech from Ajax.
There has also been talk over a new goalkeeper with the Blues boss not convinced by Kepa Arrizabalaga.
Burnley star Nick Pope, Manchester United’s Dean Henderson and Ziyech’s team-mate from Ajax Andre Onana are linked.