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‘I know he’s hungry to succeed’ – Ipswich Town sign Chelsea youngster Trevoh Chalobah on loan

PUBLISHED: 19:22 25 June 2018 | UPDATED: 19:22 25 June 2018

Ipswich Town are close to signing Chelsea youngster Trevoh Chalobah on loan from Chelsea. Photo: PA

Ipswich Town are close to signing Chelsea youngster Trevoh Chalobah on loan from Chelsea. Photo: PA

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Ipswich Town have confirmed the signing Chelsea youngster Trevoh Chalobah on a season-long loan.

Trevoh Chalobah, left, was part of the England U19 team which won the European Championships last summer. Photo: PATrevoh Chalobah, left, was part of the England U19 team which won the European Championships last summer. Photo: PA

New Blues boss Paul Hurst revealed that the club were ‘very close’ to announcing the addition of the versatile teenager when his players started pre-season training at Playford Road this morning.

Chalobah – who turns 19 next month – has captained England at various age groups and was part of the Three Lions team which won the European Under-19 Championships last summer, along with Blues midfielder Andre Dozzell.

Last month, Chalobah was among the young England players Gareth Southgate invited to join his senior squad for training sessions at St George’s Park ahead of the World Cup finals.

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Yet to make his Chelsea debut, he was named on the bench for the FA Cup Final victory against Manchester United back in May.

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“He can play either central-midfield or centre-back,” said Hurst. “I think either of those he can equally be as good. He’s a very good player, very highly thought of. Whichever position he plays he’s very comfortable on the ball.

“Speaking to him he sees the importance of this loan. If we do manage to secure that signing we’ll have fought off quite a bit of competition for him.

Trevoh Chalobah has won lots of silverware at youth team level with Chelsea - including the FA Youth Cup. Photo: PATrevoh Chalobah has won lots of silverware at youth team level with Chelsea - including the FA Youth Cup. Photo: PA

“I think he’ll be a great addition.”

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He added: “He’s at an age where people might question him as he’s a bit young. There will be demands put on him that he might not have encountered in the past but from speaking to him I know he’s hungry to succeed.

“I like players who maybe have a little bit of something to prove and in Trevoh’s case, he’s got a lot to prove. There’s a lot of good publicity around him in terms of potential but he understands, and he wants to go out and deliver.”

Trevoh Chalobah (centre) trained with the England senior squad at St George's Park ahead of the World Cup. Photo: PATrevoh Chalobah (centre) trained with the England senior squad at St George's Park ahead of the World Cup. Photo: PA

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Meanwhile Town have been linked to two players from the lower leagues today.

Centre-back Curtis Tilt was a key man as Blackpool finished 12th in League One. It was an impressive first season in the Football League following previous spells at Forest Green, Wrexham and Telford.

The 26-year-old is said to be a target for Town, QPR, Reading and Portsmouth.

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Kane Vincent-Young is also said to be a Town target after turning down a new contract at Essex neighbours Colchester United.

The versatile 22-year-old – a right-footer who played left wing-back last season – has made 80 appearances for the U’s, mostly in League Two.

A former Tottenham youth team player, he was coached by Town academy supremo Bryan Klug during the latter’s time at the North London club.

Because of his age, Colchester would be due compensation should he sign for another club.

Striker Kayden Jackson scored a hat-trick as Ipswich Town defeated QPR 5-1 in a behind-closed-doors friendly at Playford Road this afternoon.

Trevoh Chalobah has been training with the full England squad today ahead of the Three Lions’ clash with the United States tomorrow night.

Jordan Graham is training with Oxford United after being given permission to move on by Ipswich Town.

Teenager Jack Lankester hopes to be involved with the Ipswich Town first team for the remainder of the season but would be prepared to spend time out on loan if it aides his development.

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Tristan Nydam is keen to make the most of his loan stay in Scotland but is still keeping a firm eye on parent club Ipswich Town.

Former Ipswich Town boss Paul Hurst is the favourite in the betting as his former club Shrewsbury search for a new manager.

In our daily feature, we take a look at what happened on this day in Ipswich Town’s history. Today features David Johnson signing for Town and Sir Bobby Robson’s testimonial match at Portman Road

Former Ipswich Town goalkeeper Shane Supple has announced his retirement from football for a second time, due to a persistent hip injury.

Former Ipswich Town loanee Richie Wellens has been appointed Swindon Town manager, naming Noel Hunt as his assistant.

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