By Nick Ware

26th Jul, 2021 | 5:10pm

Alan Nixon: Leeds United have not moved on from Conor Gallagher despite major competition

Leeds United are yet to be dissuaded in their attempts to bring Chelsea midfielder Conor Gallagher to Elland Road this summer, according to Alan Nixon.

The 21-year-old has been heavily linked with a loan move to Leeds after spending the 2020/21 campaign at West Brom.

However, Premier League rivals Crystal Palace have also been credited with an interest, leading a Leeds fan to ask Nixon on Twitter what the hold-up was in the Eagles announcing the England Under-21 international.

Another fan asked the Sun journalist which central midfielder the Whites would be turning their attention to instead. Nixon replied via his personal Twitter profile: “It’s not at the ‘instead’ stage yet … once that’s settled then you take appropriate action.”

Nixon added: “The lad is a Chelsea player and they wanted him in pre-season. They don’t want to sell and he doesn’t want to give up on Chelsea, so a loan works.”

Tough one to conclude?

Gallagher will be desperate to play as many minutes as possible this season after playing a prominent role for West Brom last season.

That appears to be something that can be much more guaranteed at Crystal Palace given their huge turnover of players and the recent appointment of Patrick Vieira as manager.

At Leeds, however, he would have to compete with the likes of Kalvin Phillips, Rodrigo, Stuart Dallas and Mateusz Klich for a place in the midfield three.

Given that he would only be a loan signing, with Chelsea and Gallagher unwilling to make it a permanent move this summer, it doesn’t look like being a transfer that we would be desperate to make, and it could be hard to convince Gallagher over his potential role at Elland Road.

Leeds fans are unlikely to be too perturbed if he does end up at Palace given the preference among fans to complete straight permanent signings this summer in order to avoid another Ben White situation.

In other Leeds United news, a talkSPORT pundit has made a Bielsa exit suggestion in ‘Lucky’ Whites swipe.