Crystal Palace want to bring Conor Gallagher BACK on loan transfer from Chelsea and save his World Cup dream

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CRYSTAL PALACE are still hopeful of bringing Conor Gallagher back to the club and saving his World Cup dream.

The 22-year-old first burst onto the scene during a loan spell at West Brom two seasons ago.

That led to Patrick Vieira making a move to sign him on a season-long loan from Chelsea last term.

Midfielder Gallagher was one of Palace’s best performers and scored eight goals and created a further five.

And his displays during his 39 appearances even caught the eye of England boss Gareth Southgate.

He made his international debut back in November and he has since gone on to earn another three caps since.

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel was also excited by the youngster’s form at Selhurst Park and decided to keep him at the club to be part of his first-team squad.

Conor featured heavily during pre-season and got off the bench late on during Saturday’s opening day win at Everton for his competitive debut for the Blues.

However, the Daily Mail claims that Palace are still watching his situation very closely.

And they know that they can offer him regular Premier League starts ahead of this winter’s World Cup.

N’Golo Kante and Jorginho started as the midfield two for Chelsea at Goodison Park.

But Chelsea’s midfield still looks quite crowded, especially if Frenkie De Jong were to join a group that already includes N’Golo Kanté and Jorginho (both in the final years of their contracts), Mateo Kovačić, (occasional wing-back) Ruben Loftus-Cheek, and youngster Carney Chukwuemeka. Regardless of best intentions, it’s hard to see Gallagher playing as much as he did last season at Crystal Palace, for example, where he started all but three of the Premier League games he was eligible for.

And Palace are apparently hoping to take advantage of that (natural) situation by convincing Gallagher to rejoin them on loan for a second season, according to reports yesterday from The Times and the Mail. The upcoming mid-season World Cup is a big selling point as well, with Gallagher a lot more likely to earn a spot on the England team if he’s also earning regular minutes in the league.

Mateo Kovacic was also on the bench and the club continues to be linked with a move for Barcelona star Frenkie de Jong.

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