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29th Jun, 2018 | 9:53am

Leeds plot swoop for 23-y/o Chelsea midfielder, will try for permanent move - report

Leeds United have made an approach for Chelsea midfielder Lewis Baker, according to a report.

The Mirror claim via their live transfer blog (07:25) that Leeds want to buy the 23-year-old on a permanent deal but would accept a loan if his parent club refuses to sanction a temporary move.

Baker has had loan moves with Middlesbrough, Sheffield Wednesday, MK Dons and Vitesse Arnhem in the last few years in his search for regular first-team football.

Football Insider verdict:

With new Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa looking to strengthen his midfield options, a move for Lewis Baker would make perfect sense for both parties. The 23-year-old has been sent on numerous loan spells in his career, but he could do with settling down permanently and concentrating on achieving long-term goals with one team. The England Under-21 international scored 20 goals in 73 appearances for Vitesse in a two-year period in 2015/16 and 2016/17, and Bielsa will hope he can replicate this form at Elland Road. The talented midfielder was at fellow Championship side Middlesbrough on-loan last season, where he only made 14 appearances in all season, scoring two goals, but this was partly down to the restrictive playing style of Boro manager Tony Pulis. Baker will thrive playing under the Argentine boss, as he’s a very good technical player who can score goals from midfield, something Leeds desperately need at the moment.

In other Leeds United news, Leeds defender will be given a new contract before being loaned out.

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