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Everton insiders held Conor Gallagher talks after Chelsea scouting missions

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Everton were urged to pursue a move for Chelsea’s Conor Gallagher when he was still a youngster coming through the academy at Stamford Bridge.

Blues scouts watched the Chelsea midfielder at least 10 times between 2018-2020 and they strongly recommended he was seen by other club talent-spotters.

Gallagher was named Chelsea’s Academy Player of the Year in 2019 and some inside of Everton’s recruitment department were pushing hard for the club to look into the possibility of signing the highly-promising player.

But a follow-up scouting trip seems to have put a hold on Everton’s interest in Gallagher who has, this week, earned his first call-up to the England squad, with the report at the time said to question if he would be a good fit for the squad.

It is unclear if Chelsea’s asking price would have also a factor in the decision but they have been prepared to loan Gallagher out for the past two seasons.

Gallagher was initially watched during his developing years with Chelsea’s under-23s side and, then, as he was sent out on a first career loan to Charlton Athletic, in League One.

Scouts remained impressed with Gallagher after his first taste of senior football, which continued with a move to Swansea City in the second-half of that campaign.

In September last year, Gallagher signed a new five-year-deal with his boyhood club but was sent on loan to West Bromwich Albion for the season, to try and aid their survival bid.

Gallagher played 30 times in the Premier League for the Baggies, scoring twice and laying on two assists.

This season, 21-year-old Gallagher is on loan again, but with Crystal Palace and his return of four goals and two assists in the first 10 games have earned him a place in Gareth Southgate’s England set-up.

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