The Sun are reporting today that Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez is interested in signing 22 year-old Chelsea and England youth player Lewis Baker and could make a quick move to sign up the Englishman.
Newcastle are one of a number of Premier League clubs who are interested in doing a deal for the 13 times capped England U21 International (7 goals).
The central midfielder has so far played only 4 times for the Chelsea first team, having made his debut for the Blues in an FA Cup match back in 2014.
Lewis has been at Chelsea since he was 10 years old when he joined them from his home town club Luton Town.
For the last two seasons he has been on loan at Vitesse in Holland, where he has been impressive and played a total of 73 times with 20 goals and looks a very good young player.
Last season he helped Vitesse finish in 5th place in the Eredivisie with 15 goals in 39 total appearances.
It could be that Rafa will go after another loan deal for the 22 year-old, but unlike the deal with Tammy Abraham it should be with an option to buy the player at the end of the season.
Baker has played for England U17, U19, U20 and U21 youth sides and has been a team-mate of Newcastle’s Isaac Hayden in some of those teams.
Other PL clubs said to be interested in the player include Bournemouth and Swansea.
Newcastle will be letting local lad Jack Colback leave the club this summer and Rafa has been rumored to want to bring in two new central midfielder players this summer.
Presumably we could get Lewis Baker in a straight transfer this summer or on a loan deal for the season with an option to buy next summer.
He would seem to be a very good player in the making and he can score goals too.
What do you think?