Rio Ferdinand would ‘be amazed’ if Chelsea don’t try and sign Newcastle United target

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The winger is one of several players to be linked with a move to Tyneside in recent weeks.

Rio Ferdinand has praised Newcastle United and Chelsea transfer target Leandro Trossard after he continued to impress with Premier League rivals Brighton and Hove Albion.

Just over three years have passed since the Belgian international joined the Seagulls in a £14m move from Genk and he is already well on his way to his most impressive season so far. Trossard scored five goals in each of his first two seasons on the South Coast before improving that total to eight last year.

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However, he has found a rich vein of form in the opening months of the current campaign and hit a career highpoint when he netted a hat-trick as Brighton battled to a 3-3 draw at Liverpool last month. That has taken Trossard’s total to seven goals in 12 Premier League appearances and he now looks all-but-certain to surpass his previous best throughout the remainder of the season.

His form has led to links with several other clubs and former Seagulls manager Graham Potter is believed to be keen on a reunion with the forward at his new club Chelsea. However, Newcastle have also been credited with an interest as Magpies sporting director Dan Ashworth knows the player well from his time at the AMEX Stadium.

Assessing Trossard’s form and transfer speculation, former England and Manchester United defender Ferdinand told Vibe with Five: “Trossard, he’s one of the players I’ve heard there hasn’t even been a bid for him since he’s been there, someone told me. This guy is doing major bits right now.

“If Potter doesn’t go back there to try and sign him I’d be amazed. The best part of his game is being creative. He’s just scored a few goals lately, that’s not even his game. I think the creative and the approach play in his game is unreal. The only thing I was asking for before was a bit more end product and he’s actually doing that now.”

Trossard will get a chance to further impress when he travels to the World Cup Finals with Belgium later this month.

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