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10 August 2017

Middlesbrough close in on loan move for Chelsea starlet Lewis Baker as replacement for Marten de Roon

MIDDLESBROUGH want Chelsea starlet Lewis Baker to replace Marten de Roon in their midfield.

The England Under-21s international is set to be loaned out again by Antonio Conte and Boro are leading the race for the 22-year-old’s signature.

Middlesbrough are on the verge of signing Chelsea starlet Lewis Baker on loan
Middlesbrough are on the verge of signing Chelsea starlet Lewis Baker on loan
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Garry Monk is trying to bring the midfielder to Teesside on a two-year loan deal
Garry Monk is trying to bring the midfielder to Teesside on a two-year loan deal
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And Garry Monk is closing in on capturing the ace on a two-year deal.


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As SunSport reported earlier, Dutchman De Roon has rejoined Atalanta following Boro’s relegation.

After passing a medical he completed his £11.7million switch this afternoon.

That leaves the Teessiders short in the middle of the park and they want Baker to fill that void.

He has been at Stamford Bridge since 2005 but has only made one appearance for the club.

That came more than three years ago in an FA Cup third round tie.

Lewis Baker starred for England U21s at the European Championship this summer
Lewis Baker starred for England U21s at the European Championship this summer
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Boro are looking to replace Marten de Roon in midfield
Boro are looking to replace Marten de Roon in midfield
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Since then he has been sent out for spells with Sheffield Wednesday and MK Dons.

And Baker has spent the last two campaigns in Holland with Eredivisie outfit Vitesse Arnhem.

He enjoyed his best season so far last time out as he bagged 15 goals and helped them to win the Dutch Cup for the first time.

Garry Monk is a big fan of the youngster
Garry Monk is a big fan of the youngster
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Lewis Baker enjoyed a fine campaign at Vitesse Arnhem last season
Lewis Baker enjoyed a fine campaign at Vitesse Arnhem last season
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Baker has spent the last two seasons on loan with the Dutch side
Baker has spent the last two seasons on loan with the Dutch side
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His capture would be another significant signing for the Teessiders since Monk’s arrival.

They broke their transfer record to bring in Britt Assombalonga and have also added Darren Randolph, Ashley Fletcher, Martin Braithwaite, Cyrus Christie and Jonny Howson.

Boro hope to tie-up the move before Saturday Championship home clash against Sheffield United.

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