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Report: Lewis Baker undergoes Leeds medical ahead of signing permanent deal

Lewis Baker of Middlesbrough holds off the challenge of Neeskens Kebano of Fulham during the Sky Bet Championship match between Fulham and Middlesbrough at Craven Cottage on September 23,...

Leeds United are reportedly closing in on Chelsea midfielder Lewis Baker.

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...

According to The Mirror (19:55), Leeds United are set to sign Chelsea midfielder Lewis Baker after he underwent a medical with the Whites today.

Leeds are looking to strengthen under new manager Marcelo Bielsa, and whilst much of the fan discussion has been surrounding whether to target Abel Hernandez or Matej Vydra in attack, the Whites are now poised to add a midfielder.

Speculation throughout the day has linked Lewis Baker with a move from Chelsea to Elland Road, and The Mirror now claim that he has already undergone a medical ahead of completing his switch.

Lewis Baker of Middlesbrough looks dejected during the Carabao Cup Fourth Round match between AFC Bournemouth and Middlesbrough at Vitality Stadium on October 24, 2017 in Bournemouth,...

Whilst some believed that it would be a loan move, the report states that Baker's move will actually be a permanent deal, meaning Leeds will land something of a coup with his seemingly imminent signature.

Baker, 23, initially started out with hometown club Luton Town before heading to Chelsea in 2005 at the age of just nine, though he has played just once for the Blues first team.

Baker has spent most of his time out on loan having been sent to Milton Keynes Dons and Sheffield Wednesday, but enjoyed his best spell with Vitesse Arnhem, hitting 20 goals in a two-year spell with the Dutch side.

Lewis Baker of Middlesbrough holds off the challenge of Neeskens Kebano of Fulham during the Sky Bet Championship match between Fulham and Middlesbrough at Craven Cottage on September 23,...

The midfielder was sent out on loan again last season, but started just six Championship games with Middlesbrough in a dismal spell before heading back to Chelsea.

Now seemingly ready to move on for consistent playing time, Baker is seemingly no longer wanted at Chelsea, and Leeds will hope to get the best out of the former England Under-21 international.

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