Chelsea have reportedly made their first attempts to hijack Tottenham’s attempts of signing highly-rated midfielder Charlie Allen. 

According to Football Insider, the Blues have asked the teenager’s club, Linfield, if they can take the midfielder on trial at Cobham. 

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Allen, 15, has already undergone a trial with Spurs and even discussed terms ahead of a move, so Chelsea’s interest comes as a major surprise. 

The attacking midfielder, who is regarded as one of Northern Ireland’s brightest prospects, has also spent time with Premier League champions Manchester City over a possible switch. 

Linfield are resigned to losing their star asset, who made history by becoming the club’s youngest ever first-team debutant at the end of last season. 

Allen turns 16 in November, and with Chelsea having a proud tradition of turning their youngsters into first-team stars, as shown by Frank Lampard so far this season, the Northern Irishman could be keen on a move to Stamford Bridge if offered terms. 

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