With a move for Joe Willock likely stalled until later in the window, Newcastle have reportedly shifted focus to Chelsea midfielder Conor Gallagher the The Northern Echo has revealed.
Newcastle held talks over the 21-year-old last summer but he ended up at on a season-long loan at West Brom. Gallagher made 32 appearances at The Hawthorns in his first taste of Premier League football.
While the Baggies were relegated, the attacking midfielder proved one of their better players. He only turned 21 earlier this year so could be primed for an even better campaign this time around.
Gallagher returned to Stamford Bridge this summer with aspirations of cracking the Chelsea midfield. However, there are just too many Blues above him in the pecking order. Over the weekend, The Sun reported that he is destined for another loan though still wants to battle for a place at Chelsea.
Like last summer, Newcastle face stiff competition for the up-and-coming Englishman. Crystal Palace, and new manager Patrick Vieira, want Gallagher at Selhurst Park. They are even willing to discuss a permanent move.
However, Chelsea do not want to sell Gallagher at this early stage of his career. He is tied down until 2025 having signed an extension last September.
It’s shaping up to be a two-way battle with The Eagles for Gallagher. Newcastle have held discussions over a loan move and The Northern Echo claim Bruce is confident a deal can be made. But we’ve heard that a little too often lately.