By Pete O'Rourke

17th Mar, 2020 | 5:00pm

Exclusive: Cardiff & Swansea plot raids to sign Huddersfield player

Cardiff City and Swansea City are eyeing moves for Chris Willock following his impressive form on loan at Huddersfield Town, Football Insider understands.

The winger, 22, joined the Championship outfit on transfer deadline day in January from Portuguese giants Benfica after spending the first half of the campaign on loan at West Brom.

Sources from Cardiff and Swansea have told Football Insider they are plotting raids for Willock in the summer transfer window.

They are hoping to land Willock on a loan or permanent deal this summer.

Willock has made an instant impression at Huddersfield since his arrival and played a key role in their upturn in fortunes as they battle to secure survival in the Championship.

He has made seven appearances in the Championship, including scoring his first goal for the club in the win over Bristol City last month, and his impressive displays have brought him onto the radar of other clubs ahead of next season.

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The Arsenal academy product had found his first-team opportunities limited at the Hawthorns and he was restricted to playing for West Brom Under-23s.

He scored four goals and creating five assists in 10 Premier League 2 games.

Willock opted to leave West Brom in search of regular first-team action in January and Huddersfield tied up a temporary deal.

Willock, who has represented England at Under-17 to Under-20 international level, began his career at Arsenal and made two senior appearances before joining Benfica in the summer of 2017.

He has been unable to establish himself in the Benfica first team, making 64 appearances for Benfica B and scoring 14 goals.

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