By Pranav Shahaney

29th Jul, 2021 | 8:40am

Crystal Palace beat Leeds United in race to sign Conor Gallagher

Crystal Palace have reportedly won the race to sign Chelsea midfielder Conor Gallagher ahead of Leeds United.

According to TEAMtalk, the 21-year-old English midfielder turned down a move to Leeds to move to the London club on loan for next season.

Marcelo Bielsa was believed to be keen on getting him to Elland Road and the former West Brom loanee also visited Thorp Arch, but a move to Yorkshire did not materialise for him.

Leeds, according to the report, had agreed on terms with Chelsea, but the player preferred to stay put in London rather than make the trip up north.

Fuming

We would’ve love to have Gallagher on loan next season as he would be the ideal player to throw into our midfield.

He may not be technically as good as Pablo Hernandez, who parted ways with the club, but he’s more versatile and has an engine on him that will come in handy playing for a manager like Bielsa.

Trevor Sinclair recently called the midfielder “excellent” live on talkSPORT.

Gallagher is also very versatile as he can play as a six as well as an eight and is a tidy passer of the ball – something the Argentine admires in players as he likes playing possession-oriented systems.

The English midfielder proved his quality playing for a side like West Brom that got relegated.

He would’ve certainly taken his game to the next level and started alongside Mateusz Klich or Stuart Dallas in our midfield with Kalvin Phillips anchoring from a slightly withdrawn position.

Palace certainly have got a top player on their hands, and we’re hoping that we sign a good midfielder before the window shuts.

It’s one area of the pitch we’re weak on numbers in and desperately need someone who’ll not come in as a backup but instead start for us week in and week out.

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