Nottingham Forest are one of several clubs interested in Chelsea star Conor Gallagher this month, according to the Daily Mail. Newcastle, Everton, Southampton and Crystal Palace are also keen on the Stamford Bridge midfielder.

There is a problem for the interested parties, however. Gallagher has been playing under Graham Potter of late and he’s unwilling to depart whilst game time is coming his way.

The youngster really caught the eye on loan at Crystal Palace during 2021/22. He was an instrumental part of Patrick Vieira’s midfield, scoring eight goals and claiming five assists from 39 appearances.

Forest interested in Gallagher
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Furthermore, Steve Cooper knows all about his quality. He took him on loan for the second half of the 2019/20 campaign and he registered seven assists in 22 appearances.

He called the player ‘fantastic’ during his time in charge of Swansea. Gallagher also made four appearances for the England under-17 outfit whilst Cooper was the head coach.

The 22-year-old went to the World Cup in Qatar. He was on the bench for all five of England’s games at the tournament but the experience will have served him well.

Gallagher is wanting to stick things out at Chelsea for now. This season he’s made 24 appearances, scoring once and claiming a single assist for the Blues.

Forest interested in Gallagher but signing him could be tricky

The Reds may have to play a waiting game with this one. It will be interesting to see if Gallagher’s stance changes, should he find himself on the bench in the coming weeks.

Forest do fancy another signing or two – or three – this month. Danilo has already signed to bolster the midfielder ranks, but Gallagher could prove a useful addition.

Forest interested in Gallagher
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The Chelsea man is versatile. He can operate in a number of midfield roles and under Cooper at Swansea he often played in the number 10.

Rumour rating: 9/10 – This would be a wonderful signing for Forest to make. That said, signing him looks tricky, with a number of clubs interested in the player.

If he does decide to leave Chelsea, however, Cooper’s presence at Forest could see the Reds hold the aces for a January coup.

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