Leeds United are interested in signing Chelsea youngster Lewis Baker, according to The Mirror’s live transfer blog (28/06, 18:20).
The 23-year-old midfielder has been on the books for Chelsea since he was a schoolboy, and has spent the last few seasons on loan, most notably at Vitesse and Middlesbrough.
Baker made 12 appearances for the Boro last season, scoring once in the Championship.
Now according to The Mirror, Leeds are looking to sign the central midfielder on a permanent basis but if Chelsea refuse to sell they would also be interested in loaning the youngster.
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Baker is another of the many Chelsea youth players who have spent their entire career on loan and will find it near impossible to break into the first team.
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The midfielder clearly has talent, but he hasn’t shown enough of it yet in English football, especially if Leeds have to fork out something close to £4.95million, his value on Transfermarkt.
He did impress during his spell at Vitesse, scoring 15 goals and registering six assists in the two seasons he spent at the Dutch club.
The best option for Leeds would be a loan move for Baker with an option to buy, because he represents an expensive risk if they choose to buy him up front.
That way they could give him the time he needs to show what he can offer in the Championship.