CHELSEA are plotting a winter raid of west London rivals Fulham for wonderkid Luke Harris, it’s been claimed.
The Wales Under-19 international turned the heads of several clubs last season with a string of stellar displays for the Cottagers’ Under-23s.Luke Harris put Chelsea to the sword in their West London derby with Fulham last month[/caption] And the Blues are reportedly interested in snapping up the 17-year-old midfielder[/caption]
Harris has carried his good form into the new season, scoring a hat-trick against Chelsea last month.
And according to The Mirror, that fine performance has prompted the Blues to weigh up a winter swoop for his services.
They claim Chelsea are willing to fork out a whopping £30million to sign the 17-year-old, who has one solitary first-team appearance to his name.
The Blues’ pursuit of Harris is in keeping with co-owner Todd Boehly’s insistence on buying young talent for the future.
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Chelsea signed SIX teenagers before the transfer window closed earlier this month – splashing out upwards of £48m to sign Eddie Beach, Carney Chukwuemeka, Gabriel Slonina, Omari Hutchinson, Zak Sturge and Cesare Casadei.
Fulham will likely demand a hefty fee for Harris as he inked his first professional deal with the club earlier this month.
Harris said: “I’m really pleased to extend my time here at Fulham having been here from a young age.
“I couldn’t have done it without my parents who sacrificed a lot for me.
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“Driving me away on the weekends as a young kid, so they deserve a lot of credit.
“I’m enjoying my football and I’m very excited for what lies ahead. The club means a lot to me and my family.
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“I’m grateful to Fulham as they’ve given me opportunities and helped me progress from the Academy right through to the First Team.”
Harris and his Fulham Under-21 team-mates will be back in action on Friday, welcoming Everton to Motspur Park.
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