Chelsea’s Conor Gallagher ‘on loan with Crystal Palace and Newcastle lead the chase’

Chelsea midfielder Conor Gallagher ‘about to leave on loan with Crystal Palace and Newcastle leading the chase…but Blues manager Thomas Tuchel does NOT want to sell him’

  • Patrick Vieira and Steve Bruce would reportedly like to sign Gallagher on loan
  • The European champions are thought to see him as part of their long-term plans
  • Palace has been priced out of a move for Lyon centre-back Joachim Andersen
  • Eagles defender Gary Cahill, 35, is followed by Steven Gerrard’s Rangers

Conor Gallagher is reportedly planning to loan Chelsea with Crystal Palace and Newcastle interested in signing him for the season.

The central midfielder is attracting interest from other Premier League clubs after a solid loan spell with relegated West Bromwich Albion last season.

And according to the Sun, the Blues are willing to approve a temporary move, but consider it part of their long-term plans.

Chelsea are reportedly willing to let Conor Gallagher leave on loan, while Premier League clubs Crystal Palace and Newcastle are keen to sign the central midfielder (pictured)

However, Blues boss Thomas Tuchel (above) is unwilling to approve a definitive departure

However, Blues boss Thomas Tuchel (above) is unwilling to approve a definitive departure

Gallagher, 21, who trained with the first team and played in the club’s pre-season 6-1 win against Peterborough, spent the penultimate season at Charlton and Swansea before impressing during the Hawthorns’ final campaign.

But there is little chance of him breaking through into Chelsea’s current Premier League squad, with Jorginho, N’Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic and Mason Mount currently queuing for him for the two deeper places in midfield.

However, like Billy Gilmour, who is currently on loan to Norwich, it is clear that the club are unwilling to approve a definitive departure, with Palace and Newcastle both happy to sign him for a season and give him more Giving Premier League experience.

Palace are keen to sign Lyon defender Joachim Andersen, who impressed on loan at Fulham last season, but French side wants £26million

Meanwhile, veteran Eagles defender Gary Cahill has been offered a contract by the club but could leave for Steven Gerrard's Rangers

Palace is discounted by a move by Joachim Andersen (left), while Gary Cahill (right) may leave

The Eagles would also have been discounted from a transfer for Lyon centre-back Joachim Andersen, who impressed on loan at Fulham last season.

Dane Andersen had been linked with Tottenham, who may now have moved on to other targets, and Palace is also unlikely to pay the £26million asking price.

Gary Cahill, 35, will be allowed to leave Selhurst Park after his contract expires this summer, with Rangers reportedly ready to offer him £35,000 a week. Palace wants him to stay, but their current deal is a lower salary but more appearance-based bonuses.