Tottenham Eye Chelsea’s Conor Gallagher But Alan Hutton Questions Potential Move

Former Tottenham Hotspur defender Alan Hutton has cast doubt on the possibility of Chelsea midfielder Conor Gallagher making a switch to their North London rivals this summer.

Gallagher, 24, is entering the final year of his contract at Stamford Bridge, with talks over a new deal reportedly stalling [The Telegraph, 18 May]. This has alerted both Aston Villa, where he spent last season on loan, and Tottenham, who are reportedly keen to secure his signature.

While Tottenham’s current manager, Ange Postecoglou, is said to be a fan of Gallagher, Hutton believes the player’s loyalty to Chelsea could be a stumbling block.

“Would he be a good signing? Absolutely, of course he would,” Hutton told Tottenham News. “He would come in and add competition. There’s a lot of competition already within there, but again, I think one or two like Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg might move on and free up space.”

Hutton continued, acknowledging the potential playing time offered to Gallagher at Spurs, “He could play in there regularly, but do I think he’d make that swap between Chelsea and Tottenham? I’m not so sure because I think it has always been a hard one between the two clubs so I don’t know if that would happen.”

“They’re a rival,” Hutton explained. “So to sell one of your top players who has been captain throughout the season to a rival, I don’t know how that would sit so I’m not sure it will happen. If it did, he makes Spurs better.”

With Gallagher’s future uncertain, Tottenham fans will be watching developments closely to see if their club can pull off a potentially controversial transfer coup.