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Middlesbrough boss confirms interest in Chelsea's Baker

Middlesbrough boss confirms interest in Chelsea's Baker

Middlesbrough are looking to Chelsea midfielder Lewis Baker as a possible replacement for Marten De Roon, Sky Sports News understands.

The 22-year-old is wanted by Middlesbrough, Reading, Birmingham City as well as Aston Villa.

Goal subsequently claimed that second-tier rivals Reading and Birmingham City also remained in the hunt for the England Under-21 worldwide, who was initially expected to reveal his decision on Thursday.

As per the Northern Echo, Boro are set to allow Marten de Roon to depart to Serie A outfit Atlanta, and are going to replace him by drafting in Baker for the 2017/18 and 2018/19 campaigns.

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Baker was being kept around at Stamford Bridge as Chelsea's midfield options look paper thin ahead of the new season, with Cesc Fabregas and N'Golo Kante the only two fit central midfielders now available.

Another loan move for Baker always appeared to be in the offing following spells with Sheffield Wednesday, Milton Keynes Dons and a two-year stint in the Eredivisie with Vitesse Arnhem.

He wants the Blues to sign several more experienced players during the transfer window to help the Premier League champions compete on all fronts next season.


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