Report reveals why Chelsea wonderkid Lewis Baker will not join Nottingham Forest

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Forest were said to be in talks with the Blues over taking Lewis Baker on loan this season.

19-year-old Baker is one of the most highly sought-after prospects in English football, making his full Chelsea debut at the beginning of 2014, and progressing through the England Under-19’s to Under-21 level in less than a season.

An attacking midfielder who has drawn comparisons with Blues legend Frank Lampard, Baker netted 17 goals in 31 appearances across various youth competitions last season - including the winner in the Under-21 Premier League Play-Off Final against Manchester United.

His rise to prominence has drawn interest from a host of Championship clubs, with Derby County, Leeds United and Nottingham Forest said to be keen on taking the youngster on loan, despite his inclusion in first-team training - and occasional matchday squads - for Chelsea.

However, a report has revealed that Nottingham Forest will not be the beneficiaries of Baker’s talents this season, despite their desire to bolster their promotion chasing squad with a further loan after the arrival of Hull City’s Tom Ince on Thursday.

The Nottingham Post has suggested that Chelsea have been rejecting advances for the midfielder due to previous experiences with Forest, who had fellow England youth midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah on loan at the City Ground last season.

The 19-capped England Under-21 international - on loan at Premier League newcomers Burnely for the ongoing season - played 12 games for Forest last season, but the Blues have alleged that Forest were late with paying their wage contributions to the player, and they are unwilling to be placed in a similar situation again.

Forest’s failure to secure a deal for Baker could benefit any number of their Championship rivals, with league leaders Derby still said to be keen on securing the youngster despite their prominence at the top of the league table.

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