Derby line up former Barcelona star as Frank Lampard’s replacement

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Chelsea legend Frank Lampard is closing in on the Chelsea job and Derby County have held talks with ex-Barcelona midfielder Phillip Cocu over replacing Lampard as Derby boss.

According to Daily Mirror, Derby owner Mel Morris is making a very deliberate attempt to appoint another big name after Lampard to boost the club’s profile and interest with potential investors ready to put money into the club.

Cocu fits the bill perfectly as he played for Barcelona, managed PSV Eindhoven and most recently Fenerbahce.

Derby have also considered Garry Monk and Chris Hughton who are available but Cocu is their number one choice to replace Lampard.

Lampard has reportedly signed a three year contract worth £4 million a year to become Chelsea’s boss and he would receive an additional £1 million if he achieves Champions League qualification with the Blues.

Lampard is expected to be announced as Chelsea boss within the next 24 hours with Derby owner Morris admitting it’s a matter of time before Lampard is confirmed as Chelsea boss.

Asked if Lampard’s move to Stamford Bridge is merely matter of time, Morris told talkSPORT on Monday: “I’m assuming so.

“Obviously it’s a matter between Chelsea and Frank at this stage, but they’ve now got the opportunity to finalise matters.

“As we’ve said before, when Frank and I first met we discussed this very eventuality, the only difference is the timing of this.

“My belief at this point in time is that Frank and Chelsea need to have the time to finalise the transaction between them.

“You could say they’ve had plenty of time, but in fairness Frank was away on vacation – and a well-deserved one after a pretty tough season – and he didn’t come back until Friday, so I think that has been a big factor.”

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