Lukaku's loan move from Chelsea to Stoke scuppered by Premier League smallprint

Stoke have been denied in their attempts to land Chelsea wonderkid Romelu Lukaku on loan.

The Belgium striker joined the Blues for £20million from Anderlecht earlier this month but faces big compeition for first-team football at Stamford Bridge.

Big target: Romelu Lukaku made his debut against Norwich

Big target: Romelu Lukaku made his debut against Norwich

Boss Andres Villas-Boas was willing to send him on loan to the Britannia Stadium for six months to have him ready for Chelsea in the second half of the season.

But Premier League rules state that a player bought by one club cannot be loaned to another in the same transfer window.

With Didier Drogba expected to head out to the African Cup of Nations in January, Lukaku is likely to be required back at the club.

This way to Stoke: Andre Villas-Boas with Lukaku

This way to Stoke: Andre Villas-Boas with Lukaku

The 18-year-old is regarded as one of the world's hottest properties and was tracked by Real Madrid before eventually opting for his boyhood club Chelsea.

Tony Pulis has built a big and powerful line-up at Stoke and the addition of 6ft 4in Lukaku would have only boosted their strength.

He currently has Kenwyne Jones, Jon Walters, Ricardo Fuller and Mamady Sidibe to call on, but would like a top-class striker to beef up his attack.  Peter Crouch remains a possibility.

New signing Ulises Davila will spend a season on loan at Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem.

The 20-year-old attacking midfielder joined the Blues on a five-year deal from Chivas Guadalajara earlier this month.

‘He (Davila) is an open guy who will fit perfectly into our group,’ said technical director Ted van Leeuwen. Ulises is very motivated to take Vitesse Arnhem to the top.’

Davila, who impressed for Mexico at the Under 20 World Cup this summer, is the second Chelsea player to join Vitesse after teenage defender Tomas Kalas also joined on loan.

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