According to The Athletic, Everton, Leeds United, Leicester City, Southampton and Nottingham Forest are all monitoring the 21-year-old after his impressive performances on loan in the Championship last season.
The young midfielder, who was spending his second successive season with Nottingham Forest, contributed four goals and eight assists in 41 league appearances for Steve Cooper’s side as they earned promotion back to the top flight via the playoffs.
The Athletic suggest that Erik ten Hag will first assess the young midfielder to see if he could be part of his squad at Old Trafford next season but that a loan move could be on the cards.
Goals were a serious problem for the Toffees last season as they nearly swapped places with Forest and Lampard will surely be targeting a midfielder of his own ilk next season if his side are to challenge at the right end of the Premier League table.
Garner showed with his performances in the Championship that he can be a threat in the final third and the Premier League seems like the natural next step for him after earning a lot of plaudits in the second tier.
Trevor Sinclair was particularly impressed with the youngster’s ability from set-pieces, as he revealed on talkSPORT:
“James Garner’s deliveries remind me of David Beckham’s.
“He’s got that dip and that whip and it causes so many problems. The pace on the ball, he’s putting it on a sixpence every time.
“The advantage is with the attackers because they know where he’s aiming depending on what signal he puts up.
“It’s an absolutely phenomenal cross that he’s got in the locker.”
Working under Lampard, who is undoubtedly one of the best midfielders to ever do it in the Premier League, would surely be good for all parties involved, and a loan deal would represent a low-risk transfer for the Toffees after some less than successful deals in recent seasons.
Consider his four goals and ten assists this season and it’s clear he can make an impact at the top end of the pitch, something Lampard made a name for throughout his playing career.
Therefore, a move for the £6.3m-rated midfielder would make a lot of sense for Everton this summer, and with the right guidance and coaching, the Toffees could soon have their own version of Lampard on the pitch.