Newcastle United are pushing to sign Chelsea talent Conor Gallagher on loan before deadline day, as per reports from Tyneside, but will face competition from West Ham to secure the Englishman on loan.
Should his availability become known, there could be further interested parties, with Crystal Palace keen to bring him back earlier in the summer after his successful spell last season.
Gallagher started his first senior game for Chelsea as they fell to a 3-0 hammering to Leeds United, and has featured as a late substitute in Chelsea’s other two opening fixtures.
Injury to N’Golo Kante has limited Thomas Tuchel’s options in central midfield further, so it would be something of a shock were the 22-year-old allowed to depart, let alone on loan, without another option in midfield being sourced before the transfer deadline.
However, as per the Telegraph, the Magpies believe a deal can be done, and are ‘pushing hard’ for a loan move, with alternative option Lucas Paqueta seemingly West Ham bound.
The Hammers could still play a role, however, with David Moyes’ side willing to rival Eddie Howe’s for the signing of Gallagher, who would offer both sides an added dynamic in the centre of the pitch.
Chelsea have signed youth pair Carney Chukwuemeka and Cesare Casadei from Aston Villa and Inter Milan respectively this summer, but neither are expected to play a major part in the Premier League this season.
Unless, therefore, the Blues are willing to gamble on the fitness of trio N’Golo Kante, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Mateo Kovacic to partner Jorginho in the centre of the park, letting Gallagher leave for the upcoming season seems a longshot, regardless of his own World Cup aspirations.
The Blues have already blocked the departure of Cesar Azpilicueta this summer, and would be wise to repeat the trick with the Englishman too.