Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has admitted that he would love to sign Ruben Loftus-Cheek from Chelsea on a permanent basis.

The young midfielder is currently enjoying a promising loan spell with the Eagles and proved to be a hugely impressive player for the club in the first half of the season.

Loftus-Cheek has gone on to earn his first couple of England caps this season having impressed Gareth Southgate, and ex-England boss Hodgson has admitted that should he ever become available, he would love to land the youngster permanently.

As quoted by the Belfast Telegraph, Hodgson sung Loftus-Cheek’s praises.

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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.

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.

The 21-year-old is due to return to Chelsea at the end of the season, with him still regarded as a hugely exciting prospect back at Stamford Bridge.

However, if he is to be offloaded in the near future, Loftus-Cheek will certainly have plenty of potential suitors to choose from, including Crystal Palace.

Loftus-Cheek will be focusing on the here and now, though, as he looks to aid Palace in their bid to achieve a strong finish this season.

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