Journalist claims Steve Bruce target looks set to reject summer move to Newcastle United

According to The Sun’s Alan Nixon, Newcastle are facing a losing battle in their latest attempt to sign Chelsea talent Conor Gallagher.

After showing interest last summer before West Brom beat us to a season-long loan move, Nixon reports that we’re back in the mix for the England U21 star.

In his latest ‘exclusive’ for The Sun, he claims that Gallagher will reject a move to Tyneside as he is determined to force his way into Thomas Tuchel’s plans at Chelsea, with him set to return to Stamford Bridge following an impressive loan spell in the Midlands.

The same piece states that Leeds and Crystal Palace have also been showing interest, but state that Steve Bruce’s Newcastle have been keen to sign him on loan if a permanent deal is not possible.

As things stand, it seems the boyhood Blues fan is determined to chase his Chelsea dream, however it would be no surprise if that stance changes should he fail to do enough over pre-season.

After all, another loan move may be on the cards given how strong Chelsea’s midfield options are, with highly-rated Academy product Billy Gilmour restricted to just two Premier League starts this season.

Gallagher may have been part of a relegated Baggies side, but he’s a player I’d be keen to sign, being a high-energy midfield who has a lot of strings to his bow – having an eye for a goal, a good engine and quality on the ball.

One to watch this summer, even if the initial signs suggest he could stay at Stamford Bridge.

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