Fikayo Tomori is looking for a way out of Chelsea this month after seeing his progress stifled, according to a report.
The 23-year-old has managed just 45 minutes of Premier League football this season after falling down the pecking order.
His breakthrough season last term looked promising with a run of 11 consecutive starts. The defender ended up with 15 Premier League appearances, but his game time waned towards the end of the season.
And after the arrival of Thiago Silva, Tomori has struggled to even make Frank Lampard’s matchday squads.
Now Tomori is looking for a move. Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo report that he wants to leave in search of regular playing time.
Whether that is in the form of a temporary move or a permanent deal remains unclear, but Tomori wants out.
Fabrizio Romano’s Here We Go Podcast,via Simon Phillips,has reported that Chelsea will look to loan out Tomori in January.
And the BBC named Leeds as Tomori’s most likely destination. Newcastle have also been linked with the player.
A move to Leeds though looks unlikely with Liam Cooper and Diego Llorente fit again. Robin Koch is also closing in on a return.
The Athletic back up that stance and say that Marcelo Bielsa is not interested in acquiring a new centre-back in this window and will stick with his current options.
Newcastle may be a more viable option for the the 23-year-old, who earned his first senior England cap last season.
Funds are once again expected to be tight for Steve Bruce, meaning the loan market will be utilised.
The Daily Mail claims that Bruce has enquired about the player as he looks to shore up a defence which has conceded 26 goals in 16 games.
Meanwhile, Frank Lampard says that his job as Chelsea manager has become “more exciting” because of their recent poor run of form.
Lampard has come under pressure after four defeats in six Premier League matches. But the Blues boss revealed himself as a glutton for managerial punishment.
The 42-year-old believes he will learn more about himself and his players in how they respond to their recent slump.
“I came into this job expecting pressure,” said Lampard.
“And I have to say my personality means that I’m weirdly quite strange. Probably, you probably have to be to do this job at times.”