Chelsea midfielder Lewis Baker in advanced talks with Stoke

Chelsea midfielder Lewis Baker is on the brink of signing permanently with Stoke City.

The midfielder could leave Stamford Bridge on a free transfer this month.

His contract expires at the end of the season but the Potters are keen to add Baker to their squad in the January transfer window as they fight for promotion from the Championship.

Baker, who joined Chelsea’s academy from Luton in 2005, made his first appearance for the Blues in eight years when he came on as a second-half substitute in Saturday’s 5-1 FA Cup win over Chesterfield.

It was just the 26-year-old academy product’s second game for the Blues, with his debut also coming in the FA Cup against Derby in 2014.

Stoke are eighth in the Championship, five points off the top six with two games in hand.

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