According to the Northern Echo, Chelsea’s highly-rated attacker Conor Gallagher is Steve Bruce’s ‘leading loan target’ this summer.
The report states that he and Rhian Brewster – the 20-year-old Reds striker – are both on our wanted list, although it remains to be seen if Frank Lampard and Jurgen Klopp will allow them to leave Chelsea and Liverpool respectively on loan.
That said, we’d only be able to sign one of the two if Rob Holding does complete a temporary move from Arsenal, with us only able to make TWO domestic loan signings.
Here’s a snippet from the Northern Echo’s piece:
Magpies officials have held discussions over a number of targets in the last few days, with Steve Bruce desperate to strengthen his squad ahead of his side’s opening Premier League fixture in just under a fortnight’s time.
Chelsea youngster Conor Gallagher remains a leading loan target, but the Blues are yet to decide whether to allow the forward to leave Stamford Bridge. Another potential loanee, Rhian Brewster, is in an identical position, with Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp still to decide what to do with the 20-year-old, who spent last season on loan at Swansea City.
Elsewhere, Scott Wilson writes that ‘intensive talks’ have been held over potential moves for Callum Wilson, Josh King and Harry Wilson over the past two weeks.S
That said, he describes deals for any of the above as ‘impossible’ as things stand, with all three out of our price range based on Bruce’s limited transfer budget:
Harry Wilson, Callum Wilson and Josh King have all been the subject of intensive talks in the last fortnight, but with Mike Ashley having imposed strict budgetary constraints in the wake of the collapse of Amanda Staveley’s attempts to engineer a takeover, striking a deal for any of the trio has thus far proved impossible.
Harry Wilson is back at Liverpool and has been valued at around £20m according to reports, but deals for Bournemouth duo Josh King or Callum Wilson could be even more costly – not forgetting the amount of competition we’d face to sign either.
Back to our alleged loan targets, Gallagher and Brewster looked like top young players whenever I caught a glimpse of them at Swansea last season, with the former reminding me of a young Ross Barkley and the latter seeming razor sharp and super confident in front of goal – not that we should be pinning our hopes on a few 20-year-old’s this summer.