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Report: Newcastle lag behind in race for ‘outstanding’ gem, club keen to sanction loan

Norwich City are the frontrunners in the race to sign Newcastle United target Billy Gilmour on loan from Chelsea, per the Evening Standard.

Thomas Tuchel is keen to sanction a loan move for the Scotland midfielder to get regular game time next season. And Chelsea figures believe sending him to Norwich would be the best step for the youngster’s development.

Canaries boss Daniel Farke and Tuchel have a good relationship after the pair worked together at Borussia Dortmund. The Championship winners are now the clear frontrunners for Gilmour, despite vast rival Premier League interest.

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Talks have already taken place between Chelsea and Norwich, but the Blues are yet to make a final decision. Southampton had sought to sign Gilmour on loan in January and have kept tabs on his situation since.

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The Saints are yet to make any serious moves to sign Gilmour this summer. But Newcastle had registered their interest last month, per The Northern Echo. Yet they seem set to miss out to Norwich as Farke looks to replace Olivier Skipp.

Rangers have also emerged as a potential destination for Gilmour after Steven Gerrard expressed his interest in the 20-year-old. He previously played for the Glasgow outfit’s academy, too, before joining Chelsea for £500,000 in 2017.

Newcastle will rue Norwich deal for Chelsea star Gilmour

Newcastle will rue Norwich landing Gilmour if the Chelsea midfielder joins the newly-promoted Carrow Road club. Tuchel wants him to go out on loan as he works to trim a bloated squad having offered limited game time last season.

But despite only playing 11 times, five in the Premier League, the three-cap gem shone on the pitch. Frank Lampard claimed Gilmour was ‘outstanding’, via Sky Sports, while he was in charge after starring in the Champions League.

The midfielder continued to shine this summer at Euro 2020 when Scotland drew with England, too. He grew into the occasion remarkably well and was dubbed the ‘Scottish Xavi’ by The Sun after an ice-cool display at Wembley.

Gilmour will only get better with a regular run of game time under his belt and Norwich, not Newcastle, seem set to gain from his terrier-like energy in the engine room next season.

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