Slaven Bilic’s West Bromwich Albion have snapped up Conor Gallagher on a season-long loan from Chelsea.
The 20-year-old midfielder has signed a new five-year deal with his parent club, subsequently linking up with the newly-promoted Baggies for the 2020-21 campaign.
Gallagher spent the first half of last season on loan at Charlton and the second half at Swansea, earning plaudits aplenty for his performances.
Aston Villa, Crystal Palace and Leeds United were all linked with a move for the England Under-21 international, but West Brom have triumphed in the race for his services.
“There was a lot of interest from the Premier League, which is where I wanted to play this season, but this is where I want to be,” Gallagher told the official WBA website.
“West Brom stood out to me because of the way they played last season. I played against them two or three times and I liked how they approached the game.
“I felt that it would suit me and it would be best for my development. I felt it could help me become the player I want to be and I’m pleased to get this agreement sorted.”
Here is what some Chelsea fans have made of Gallagher’s loan switch to West Brom:
You’ve got a real gem
— Makoto Fukui (@makotofukui) September 17, 2020
— Adey™ (@MaLiK_MaGiK) September 17, 2020
What a signing for WBA.
— Timo Werner (@ClinicalTimo) September 17, 2020
Unpopular opinion: we didn’t need to spend 61M on Havertz. Instead we should’ve given this beast a chance and should’ve signed a world class gk like Oplak 😌
— Filiifx (@Abdifat95822125) September 17, 2020
Conor Gallagher remember this name he’s gonna be the best box to box man in the future…wish u the best of luck in ur challenge Conor 💙🙏 pic.twitter.com/XlDFxbQ0RI
— Oscar Da Silva (@OscarDa87152633) September 17, 2020
Better than Mason Mount imo
— GHOST 🏐 (@Jay_st_Patrik) September 17, 2020
Personally thought he was ready to step up! Especially as Gilmour is out! But as we now have too many midfielders I get why he’s loaned for minutes!
— Joe Woolley ♪♫ (@josefw1990) September 17, 2020
Better than Mount, Gilmour and Cheek. One more year on loan and should be apart of our midfield
— Charlie R Robins (@CRonaldoR04) September 18, 2020
Fantastic talent locked down in a long term deal
— 🇬🇧 Nik Nak 🇪🇺 (@NikNakGB) September 17, 2020
Gallagher joins Branislav Ivanovic, David Button and Cedric Kipre as new arrivals at West Brom, who have also signed Grady Diangana, Matheus Pereira and Callum Robinson permanently.