Chelsea youngster Conor Gallagher is reportedly set to join Crystal Palace instead of Leeds United this summer, acting as a blow to the Whites.
The Lowdown: Gallagher wanted by Leeds
Marcelo Bielsa continues to be on the lookout for new signings and one player he has been linked with bringing in is Gallagher.
James Marshment, editor at TEAMtalk, confirmed on Thursday morning that the midfielder is “on Leeds’ list of midfield targets this summer”.
The youngster shone on loan at West Brom last season, scoring and assisting twice apiece in the Premier League, and another temporary move from Chelsea is on the cards.
The Latest: Youngster set to choose Palace
Unfortunately, it looks as though Palace have beaten Leeds to Gallagher’s signature, with TEAMtalk revealing the latest developments on Thursday morning.
It is claimed that personal terms were agreed with the Whites, following a trip to the training ground, but the Eagles have emerged as a better option.
The lure of staying in London is seen as a possible reason behind the decision.
The Verdict: Blow for Bielsa
Gallagher is an excellent young footballer with both technical ability and a strong work ethic – Slaven Bilic said that he ‘has everything’ at the beginning of last season, even comparing him to Frank Lampard, so Bielsa will be disappointed to miss out on him.
The Englishman could have been an ideal player to add depth and quality in attacking midfield areas, blossoming alongside superior teammates to those at relegated West Brom.
The Whites will now have to move on to other targets, and with Nahitan Nandez looking more and more likely to join Inter, time is running out to get another midfielder through the door at Thorp Arch before the new season begins.
In other news, Leeds have suffered an injury blow ahead of the new season – read more here.
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