Friday, September 29, 2023

Chelsea open to selling academy product Lewis Hall who Frank Lampard predicted would have ‘big future’ with Newcastle keen

Chelsea are set to sell academy product Lewis Hall who was once hailed by former boss Frank Lampard.

The 18-year-old is set to leave Stamford Bridge this summer, with Newcastle in talks for the teenager.

Hall (R) could make the move to Newcastle in a £30m deal, talkSPORT understandsgetty

The 18-year-old had been tipped for a bright future at Chelsea by LampardGetty

talkSPORT understands the Magpies are in advanced talks over a permanent £30million deal for the full-back.

Hall had recently agreed a six-year contract in principle with the Blues, with a year extra this summer, that would have taken him to 2030.

The idea was for him to build his career at Chelsea, but the club have now decided to surprisingly cash in.

Ex-Chelsea boss Lampard previously had high hopes for the youngster, believing he would have a bright future under current manager Mauricio Pochettino.

“We certainly rate him. Joe [Edwards] and Andy [Myers], who work with me, have a better understanding of him as a lad and all those things are important as well,” Lampard previously said of Hall.

“He’s a quiet lad, the first thing that I’ve seen, he definitely needs to come out of himself a little bit more. I’m not asking him to change his personality but in footballing terms to affect people around him.

“In terms of quality on the ball, that’s really clear. In terms of quality, if you see him with the ball and the things he can do, he’s got the levels, he’s obviously got to add to that as he goes along.

“Another academy one that we’ve produced and it will be good to see him in regular games at this level to be tested more but he’s shown he can do that. I know he played well at City earlier in the year and I think against [Riyad] Mahrez, one of the best wingers in the league, one versus one, he joined in.

Howe is keen on the highly-rated full-backGetty

“He gets his chance at the top end of the pitch. He’s a good player, Lewis, he’s a good player and I thought he did really well. Amongst some other individuals in the game that did well.”

Lampard handed Hall his debut last season, and the highly-rated teenager went on to make 12 appearances in the Premier League.

A move away would mean it is the second Cobham graduate to leave the club following Mason Mount’s £60m move to Manchester United.

The England midfielder announced the end of his 18-year association with the Blues recently sealing a switch to Old Trafford.

He could be the second academy graduate to leave Chelsea after MountGetty

Mount penned a five-year deal worth up to £300,000-a-week, dwarfing his previous £80,000-a-week wages at Chelsea.

More academy graduates could leave the club in the future too, with the futures of Conor Gallagher, who is a target for West Ham, and Trevor Chalobah still up in the air.

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