Conor Clifford poised to make loan switch from Chelsea to Crawley

Conor Clifford: In need of regular first team football

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Sky Sports understands that Chelsea youngster Conor Clifford is to link up with Crawley Town on a short-term loan deal.

The 21-year-old midfielder has already spent time with Portsmouth this season as he attempts to find regular first team football.

He lasted just a month at Fratton Park before being allowed to head back to Stamford Bridge, but intends to make much more of his next opportunity to impress.

It appears that he could be heading back to League One on loan deadline day, with Crawley eager to acquire his services.

The Republic of Ireland U21 international will be hoping to help the Red Devils with their third tier promotion push, while putting himself in the shop window.

Clifford's current contract at Chelsea is due to expire at the end of the season.