Chelsea's 'next Lampard' wanted by Championship duo

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Championship duo Watford and Wigan are both keen to sign Chelsea's up-and-coming midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah, reports the Metro.

Chalobah earned high praise whilst on loan to Gianfranco Zola's Watford side last season. His impressive performances in the midfield led to Zola likening him to Chelsea's Frank Lampard.

The 18-year-old scored five goals for Watford on their way to the Championship play-off final, where they eventually lost 1-0 to Crystal Palace after extra-time.

It is now being reported that Zola is keen to welcome Chelsea's young star back to Vicarage Road as Watford attempt to win automatic promotion to the Premier League.

However, the Glory Hornet Boys are likely to face competition from Wigan Athletic.

Wigan, who were relegated from the Premier League last season, are looking to fill the void left by James McCarthy after the 22-year-old departed for Everton on transfer deadline day.

Wigan have already secured the signing of Nick Powell from Manchester United and Owen Coyle sees the England under-21 star Chalobah as his perfect partner.

But Coyle will struggle to beat Watford, as Jose Mourinho is likely to prefer sending Chalobah to Watford due to the success he experienced there last season.

Zola, who is still held in high regard at Stamford Bridge, is likely to be favoured by the west London club.


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