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Southampton are hoping to sign Chelsea youngster Ruben Loftus-Cheek on a season-long loan, according to the Mirror.

Loftus-Cheek was initially given a few opportunities in the side by Antonio Conte at the beginning of last term, but the minutes he was getting on the field quickly tailed off.

The natural next step for the Englishman is a loan to a Premier League side, where he can continue his development and continue to grow into the player he’s destined to be.

There does not appear to be any shortage of interest from England’s top tier. As per the Mirror, newly-promoted Newcastle and Brighton are both in the race to sign Loftus-Cheek, but they may be set to miss out to a Premier League counterpart.

The Mirror believe that Southampton, who have a reputation of developing promising youngsters into stars, are also keen to draft in Loftus-Cheek this summer. Crystal Palace are also said to be interested, but the Saints remain favourites.

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