Mills: Leeds may sign Premier League star on loan-to-buy with obligation 'like Jack Harrison'
Danny Mills has suggested Leeds United could sign Conor Gallagher on a loan with an obligation to buy.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Whites and England defender insisted Gallagher could instantly challenge for a first-team place if he was to make the switch to Elland Road.
Football.london reported on 23 July the midfielder has held talks with both Leeds and Crystal Palace over a potential loan move.
The 21-year-old has spent the last two seasons away from Stamford Bridge on loan.
He played 32 times for West Brom last season but his efforts were not enough to prevent them being relegated from the Premier League.
“Conor Gallagher’s got first-team experience in the Premier League with West Brom and he played quite well, Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
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“He’s got that Premier League experience, he’s been in and around it, he’s seen it and proven that he can hold his own at that level.
“That’s a much more realistic signing and a player who can come in and challenge for a first-team place instantly.
“It’s the modern-day world all the loan deals. It’s like Jack Harrison, he was on loan for three years.
“It may be a loan deal with a pre-agreed price where the selling club is guaranteed their money if it goes well and they want to do that deal. The loaning club has the ability to buy that player if it goes well.
“With a weird market and the modern mechanics of football business, loan deals, especially for those big clubs, are the way forward.
“It’s what Chelsea do. They loan players out for the experience and if they’re not quite good enough they sell them on. It becomes their production factory.”