Chelsea’s fringe players like Callum Hudson-Odoi and Conor Gallagher will spark a frantic end-of-the-transfer-window scramble for their services.
A host of Premier League clubs including Newcastle, West Ham, Everton and Bournemouth have kept domestic loan slots available hoping to raid Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea will allow Hudson-Odoi and Christian Pulisic to leave if they can bolster their own squad in the final fortnight.
Newcastle are particularly keen to sign England international Gallagher should the chance arise.
Other Blues stars attracting interest are Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Armando Broja, who are both on West Ham’s radar.
WEST HAM PLOT BURNLEY RAID
West Ham’s so far ill-fated attempts to sign a new left-back could lead them to move for Burnley defender Charlie Taylor.
The Hammers have been trying to sign competition for Aaron Cresswell all summer but deals for Frankfurt’s Filip Kostic and Chelsea’s Emerson have both fallen through.
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They believe cash-strapped Burnley may be willing to sell Taylor between now and the window closing on September 1.
Maxwell Cornet has already made the move from Turf Moor to London Stadium and can play as a wing-back, but manager David Moyes wants to use him further forward.
LEICESTER HARBOR VARDY HOPES
Leicester are hopeful Jamie Vardy will sign a new contract despite shock interest from Manchester United.
Veteran Vardy, who turns 36 in January, has been considered by United as they look to bolster their attack in the wake of the dreadful start to the Erik ten Hag era.
But Leicester’s King Power owners are determined to keep the Premier League title-winning hero.
Talks to extend Vardy’s deal, which expires next summer, by a further year are already well under way.
RALPH BACKED BY SAINTS
Southampton’s pursuit of £25m rated Benfica striker Goncalo Ramos is proof the club’s owners are still backing manager Ralph Hasenhuttl despite claims of dressing room unrest.
Saints are working on a club-record deal to bring Portuguese hit-man Ramos, 21, also being tracked by Wolves, to the St Mary’s Stadium.
The ambitious attempt is a show of faith in Hasenhuttl, who was taunted by chants of ‘sacked in the morning’ from his own fans when Saints were 2-0 down at home to Leeds last weekend.
talkSPORT understands there is no appetite among the Saints hierarchy to change their manager at this juncture after replacing virtually his entire backroom staff in the summer.
Hasenhuttl’s relationship with his players, particularly those not in his starting eleven, has been called into question following a poor run of one win in 15 games.
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