Stoke City and Huddersfield Town Chase Former Arsenal Junior Chris Willock

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Sky Bet Championship duo Stoke City and Huddersfield Town are chasing Benfica attacker Chris Willock.

Stoke City and Huddersfield Town Chase Former Arsenal Junior Chris Willock

Unsuccessful Loan Spell

Willock, 21, has yet to start while on-loan at Championship promotion chasers West Brom.

The young forward has found playing time limited at the Hawthorns, spending his time playing in the Premier League 2 rather than the second-tier.

He joined the Baggies from Portuguese side Benfica at the start of the season; however, he has struggled for opportunities under Slaven Bilic.

Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger once labelled Willock as a “very interesting player” but his career has come to a slow halt over the last few years.

As a result, the former Gunner may consider his options in order to gain more playing time.

Simon Jones of the Daily Mail suggests Stoke and Huddersfield are the front-runners for Willock.

The Championship duo sit 21st and 19th respectively and have two of the lowest goalscoring records this year; only Derby, Middlesbrough and basement club Wigan have scored fewer.

Interest Elsewhere

Stoke City are also interested in Rangers winger Jordan Jones.

The Championship side will, however, face competition from second-tier rivals Middlesbrough for the Northern Ireland international’s signature.

The winger started the season brightly, however, his own red card tackle in September’s Old Firm derby defeat left him in the physio room for a number of months with a knee injury.

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard recently said: “Jordan has got more training under his belt now.

“Last week he trained but I didn’t see the real Jordan Jones, the way he was before he got the injury.

“I’m really looking forward to welcoming him back and seeing his reaction from missing such a big part of the season.”

He returned to the Rangers squad for their Boxing Day fixture against Jones’ former employers Kilmarnock; the 21-year-old was an unused substitute.

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