Report: Garry Monk impressed as Lewis Baker snubs West Ham and Bournemouth to sign for Middlesbrough

Lewis Baker of England U21 (10) scores their second goal from a free kick during the U21 international friendly match between France and England at Stade Robert Bobin on November 14, 2016...

The Chelsea midfielder is reportedly bound for Middlesbrough despite interest from West Ham United and Bournemouth.

Lewis Baker's 'decision to turn down' Premier League football at West Ham United and Bournemouth has impressed prospective new boss Garry Monk, The Mirror reports in its transfer blog.

It is claimed that Baker is set to seal a two-year loan move to Monk's Middlesbrough, where he will replace Atalanta-bound midfielder Marten de Roon.

Lewis Baker of Vitesse Arnhem looks on during the Dutch KNVB Cup Semi-final match between Sparta Rotterdam and Vitesse Arnhem held at Het Kasteel or The Castle on March 1, 2017 in...Lewis Baker in action for Vitesse Arnhem

And it is the opportunity to play regularly at The Riverside which is said to be behind the Chelsea player's decision.

West Ham have been linked with several midfielders throughout the summer transfer window, despite the insistence of co-chairman David Sullivan that the Hammers are not looking to strengthen that particular department.

One of those, Jack Wilshere, spent last season on loan to Bournemouth from Arsenal, however, the Cherries are yet to replace the England international.

But Baker instead looks set to follow in the footsteps of several of his past and present Blues teammates by signing for Middlesbrough on a temporary basis.

Is Baker right to snub West Ham United and Bournemouth for Middlesbrough?

Garry Monk manager of Leeds United  looks on prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Fulham and Leeds United at Craven Cottage on March 7, 2017 in London, England.New Middlesbrough boss Garry Monk

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