By Alan Hutton

28th Jul, 2021 | 8:00pm

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Alan Hutton has insisted Chelsea midfielder Conor Gallagher would be a “very good signing” for Leeds United this summer.

The former Scotland defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the 21-year-old could offer backup or competition to the likes of Kalvin Phillips and Mateusz Klich.

A Leeds source has told Football Insider the club have already held talks over a potential move for Gallagher but they face strong competition from Crystal Palace.

The Blues starlet spent last season on loan at West Brom.

Hutton insisted Gallagher needs to take a “step up in class” this summer to boost his development.

He suggested a move to Elland Road would be ideal for both player and club.

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Asked if Leeds needed to sign a midfielder, Hutton told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “I think so. Klich had a bit of an up and down season.

“Philips, when he was injured or missing, they looked a totally different team.

“I think Conor Gallagher could come in and play that role, in my opinion. He can see a pass, he’s aggressive, he can tackle so he could fill that role if he wasn’t there.

“Or he could play further up in front if they were to play 4-1-4-1 or whatever. He could play further up and make things happen.

“I’ve watched him grow over the season, I think he is a very good player and for him, it is just about playing. You don’t want to go back to Chelsea where you know you’re not going to play.

“It’s about making the right decision. West Brom would have been a good move for him. Now, this is a step up in class, in my opinion, to a better team, a different way after football, forward-thinking, higher energy.

“I think he could fit in there so that’d be a top signing for them.

He’s got more developing to do, he is still very young and I think he’ll learn a lot of the likes of Bielsa, Phillips and the boys round about him.”

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