According to The Daily Mail, Chelsea’s Ruben Loftus-Cheek looks like he could be available on a season-long loan next season, putting Newcastle United on high alert.
The England international impressed for Crystal Palace last season, scoring two and assisting three goals in 24 appearances for the Eagles.
The 22-year-old’s performances earned him an England call-up and he has so far impressed in the two World Cup games he has played in.
Despite the midfielder’s commanding displays, it appears Chelsea don’t want him at Stamford Bridge next season and are happy to let him leave on loan, according to the report.
Newcastle fans will have to temper their excitement though, as West Ham and Crystal Palace are also interested in signing the World Cup player.
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Here’s a selection of some of the best Newcastle reactions to the latest transfer news, with fans unconvinced that Rafa Benitez will be able to persuade Loftus-Cheek to head to the club this summer.
— Lee Hopkinson (@LeeHoppy16) June 26, 2018
Don’t want him. He was a total passenger for England on Sunday. We aren’t good enough to play with 10 men every week
— Lee Atkinson (@LeeTheMag) June 26, 2018
Just think there is zero chance #nufc will sign Loftus-Cheek on loan. He’ll have many offers. Likely priced out too knowing our lot
— David Punton (@DavePunton) June 26, 2018
He would be awesome playing off knock downs from Mitrovic. Shame that will never happen
— Lee Barry (@iamleebarry) June 25, 2018