Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson is hoping Chelsea’s acquisition of Ross Barkley will help Crystal Palace sign Chelsea’s Ruben Loftus-Cheek permanently.
Loftus-Cheek has impressed while on loan at Crystal Palace this season.
“The way Ruben’s been playing for us, he’s a player we’d like to have at our club, there’s no doubt about that,” Hodgson said.
“It’s far too early to ask me that question – I didn’t know until this morning that Ross Barkley is possibly signing for Chelsea.
“But Ruben’s a player we like very much, we’re very impressed with him, delighted with the way he’s developed as a player during the time he’s been here.
“I’m pretty sure that if he’s ever available for sale, we would certainly be in there with our hand up as one of the potential buyers.
“But it could well be that Chelsea would like to have both Ross Barkley and Ruben Loftus-Cheek in their team. I wouldn’t mind both in my team, anyway.”