Former Derby County manager, Frank Lampard, is a big fan of two reported Sheffield United targets.
Sky Sports reports the Blades are closing in on a £15m double deal to sign Jayden Bogle and Max Lowe from Derby.
They were both left out of Saturday’s Carabao Cup victory over Barrow ahead of their move to Bramall Lane.
Lowe is set to sign a four-year contract with United after completing a medical on Sunday. It’s not known if Bogle will be offered a similar deal.
Chelsea boss Lampard managed both full-backs when he was in charge at Pride Park during the 2018/19 season. In fact, the 42-year-old handed academy product Bogle his first team debut.
“When I came in pre-season and I saw him, I thought; ‘wow, this kid can play’, and he has played so many games,” Lampard told Derbyshire Live in April last year, shortly before leaving for Stamford Bridge.
“He has come in and played like he has been playing for years, that is not always the norm.
“He’s been fearless about how he’s taken it on, he’s been consistent in his performance, he’s become very much a man in the eight or nine months I’ve been here.
“And there’s loads more to come. Jayden Bogle, to have a season like he’s had at 18, means that he’s going to have a really top career.”
What Lampard thinks about Derby teammate Lowe
Bogle, who is now 20-years-old, has already played 91 times since progressing from the youth system. That is more then fellow academy product, Lowe, despite the defender being three years older.
That is because Lampard sent the 23-year-old out on loan to Aberdeen during his time as manager. Lowe did start as first choice at left-back, but soon fell behind Scott Malone and Ashley Cole.
That changed last term and Lampard was always clearly a fan of him.
“Max is very much our player and remains in our long-term plans, but we felt for his long-term development it was important for him to continue to get regular first-team matches,” the Blues boss told dcfc.co.uk in January 2019 after Lowe rejoined the Dons on loan.
“Aberdeen is a fantastic place for him to do that. He has really progressed under Derek McInnes and we have a great relationship with him.
“It’ll be good for Max to get more games under his belt and return to us in the summer ready for next season.”
That was exactly what Lowe did, albeit under Lampard’s successor, Phillip Cocu. The full-back played 31 times for Derby in 2019/20.