EXCLUSIVE By Pete O’Rourke
Fulham are ready to rival West Brom in the race for Chelsea midfielder Trevor Chalobah, Football Insider can reveal.
The Cottagers are closely monitoring the versatile teenager, 19, as they look to bring in some they regard as a quality player capable of making a big impact in their bid for instant promotion.
A Fulham source has told Football Insider the club are ready to make a move to land Chalobah on a season-long loan and beat Championship rivals West Brom to his signature.
Chelsea are ready to loan out Chalobah against next season after his impressive campaign at Ipswich Town, where he was a regular starter in their midfield.
The Tractor Boys were relegated to League One, but Chalobah made a big impression, starting 35 Championship matches among 44 appearances, and enhanced his reputation.
Like older brother Nathaniel, Chalobah is a product of the Chelsea academy and has accumulated extensive experience for their Under-23s and Under-18s.
The 6ft 3in midfielder, who can also played in central defence, has also represented England at multiple youth levels including the Under-20s and is tipped to follow his sibling into the senior side.
West Brom and Fulham are both convinced that Chalobah can be a major playing asset for them next season as they look to secure promotion to the top flight.
In other West Brom news, it can be REVEALED that the club face competition from European giants for the signature of a centre-forward who has earned rave reviews.