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West Brom loanee Conor Gallagher catching the eye of clubs across the Premier League

His eye-catching displays in central midfield have won plenty of plaudits from Albion’s fans.

Conor Gallagher (AMA)
Conor Gallagher (AMA)

And it appears Conor Gallagher’s impressive start to the season has not gone unnoticed elsewhere.

As well as receiving a call-up to the England under-21 squad, reports have emerged suggesting Crystal Palace, Newcastle and Leeds have all contacted Chelsea to enquire about the midfielder’s availability.

Gallagher will be with Albion for the entire 2020/21 campaign after agreeing a season-long loan switch to The Hawthorns.

But with competition for places fierce at Stamford Bridge, it is believed those clubs have contacted the Blues to see if they could be open to selling the youngster next summer.

Albion, too, are likely to be in the hunt if they retain their top-flight status, with Gallagher a player they have monitored for a number of years.

And the 20-year-old admits he is really enjoying his time at the club.

“I will always give 100 per cent, no matter what,” Gallagher said. “Whether it is West Brom or Chelsea, I will always give my best for the team.

“I am just happy to be playing in the Premier League.

“I am very happy at West Brom and excited to play in more games.

“I have started well at West Brom even though results haven’t gone our way, so I just need to keep that going and stay consistent.

“Hopefully, the results will then improve.”

Gallagher has been part of the England under-21 squads that faced Andorra on Friday evening and Albania last night.

While away with the Three Lions, boss Gareth Southgate opted to call-up 17-year-old Jude Bellingham into the senior England side.

And Gallagher admits call-ups like that have given him hope he can one day represent his country at the highest level.

“It gives every young English player hope,” he continued.

“Aidy (England under-21 coach Aidy Boothroyd) said it has been 22 players in the last four years that have gone from the 21s to the seniors, which is a high number.

“To see boys like Jude go up into the seniors is great to see and it shows we are doing a good job here and gives hope.

“The amount of young English talent around the country is amazing.

“We have 17-year-olds to 21-year-olds in our squad and there’s a lot of competition, but it is all healthy.

“When someone wears the shirt, they have to take their chance.”

Gallagher enjoyed successful loan spells in the Championship last season with both Charlton Athletic and Swansea City.

And he says he has been made aware Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is keeping tabs on his progress at The Hawthorns this year.

“I believe so,” Gallagher said after being asked if Lampard was keeping an eye on his performances.

“People know he is a great manager.

“Even though I am not at the club, I know the guys are watching and hoping I do well.”

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