Chelsea midfielder Conor Gallagher is reportedly close to securing a loan move to Premier League rivals West Brom.
According to the Daily Mail, Blues manager Frank Lampard has had discussions with West Brom boss Slaven Bilic about the 20-year-old prospect.
It is claimed that the English playmaker will sign a new Chelsea deal before making a temporary switch to the Hawthorns.
The report states that the loan is imminent, as he could end up making his West Brom debut by the weekend in the Premier League clash away to Everton on Saturday.
West Brom will reportedly beat top-flight rivals Crystal Palace and Leeds United to the signature of the highly-rated Chelsea academy graduate, as he prepares for his first ever taste of Premier League football.
Gallagher made a big impression last season in the Championship during loans with Charlton Athletic and then Swansea City, which is why many Blues fans are excited to see how his future develops.
The central midfielder is now on the verge of a Premier League loan and it will be intriguing to see if he can make the step up.
He’s a versatile player that has the technique to slot in front of a defence as a deep-lying playmaker, but can also fill a box-to-box role and become a goalscoring threat.
Gallagher made 47 appearances across all competitions last season during his two loans, scoring six goals and supplying 11 assists in return.
Despite the fact he’s now facing another exit to join West Brom, it suggests that he’s edging closer towards the first-team at Stamford Bridge and a positive loan with them will surely bring him into the plans of manager Lampard.