CRYSTAL PALACE will make a £15million bid for Chelsea midfield starlet Conor Gallagher as they close in on a new boss.
The Eagles are keen on Gallagher, 21, for the second summer running and hope to put in an offer that would tempt Stamford Bridge chiefs.
Crystal Palace want Frank Lampard to take over and help sign Conor GallagherCredit: PA
And that would then put Gallagher on the spot as he wants to stay at Chelsea and try to impress boss Thomas Tuchel so he can be part of his long-term plans.
If Blues’ money men are willing to sell Gallagher that will mark his card and could push him towards his fan club at Palace.
Gallagher showed he could handle the Prem in a loan season at West Brom.
They won the chase for him when Palace took Chelsea’s Michy Batshuayi instead and were unable to buy or loan him at the time.
The Eagles have cash for new faces and need more legs in midfield.
Gallagher is seen as a player who can be pivotal for years to come.
Palace could be helped in their bid if they appoint his old boss Frank Lampard or poach ex-England youth chief Steve Cooper from Swansea.
They are on the shortlist for the job after Nuno Espirito Santo chose Everton.
Lamps could also attract other Blues players like striker Tammy Abraham.
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