AC Milan have enquired about the loan availability of Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori, according to reports.
The central defender is now struggling for game time at Stamford Bridge, and has made just four appearances so far this season.
Italian journalist, Fabrizio Romano, says the seven-time European champions have made contact with Chelsea over a deal for Tomori, though the club's "main target" is Strasbourg youngster Mohamed Simakan.
Several Premier League clubs are also interested in Tomori but are said to need to move players out before bringing another centre-back in, making a move overseas for the player more likely.More news: AstraZeneca/Oxford apply for European Union approval of COVID vaccine
Chelsea were left with too much competition in central defence after failing to sell Antonio Rüdiger following the arrival of Thiago Silva during the last transfer window.
Tomori's future is once again the subject of speculation, and Lampard has conceded he could depart on loan this month, in a potential boost to Newcastle.
After that game, Lampard said: "The situation with Fikayo is open at the moment, in that he could be going on loan to get games". But that will have to be the right decision for him and the club. "That was part of my thinking of not starting him today".More news: Quebec's COVID-19 vaccine plan runs contrary to new federal guidelines
And the Guardian suggests that Leeds may well make a rival offer for the 23-year-old, who they have been strongly linked with throughout January.
Tomori previously played under Lampard while on loan at Derby and was given his chance in the Chelsea first team by him last season.
Tomori's departure on a temporary basis looks inevitable.More news: Photos of free school meal packages in the United Kingdom spark outrage online