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Hammers decide not to pursue Chelsea option


West Ham have decided not to pursue an option to sign Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

The Hammers had enquired over his availability and made initial early investigations.

The central midfielder describes his most effective position as a box to box midfielder.

According to a source close to the club, the West Ham hierarchy have decided the Chelsea man is too expensive to take on loan when the priority is defenders.

Loftus-Cheek signed a new five-year contract with Chelsea in 2019 and according to the Telegraph, the deal is worth over £150,000-a-week.

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Chelsea wants any club prepared to take England International on a season’s loan to pay the full wages plus a loan fee on top of that.

That would make RLC the highest-paid player at West Ham and break the current wage cap.

David Moyes continues to concentrate on prioritising bringing in a right-back and/or a centre back before the transfer window closes on Monday.


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3 comments on “Hammers decide not to pursue Chelsea option

  1. Good, I really don’t think we should entertain any deals with Chelsea as long as they hold an interest for Rice; it would just give them an incentive to put forward a swap deal of some sorts for Rice. Keeping Rice is by far the most important midfielder “transfer deal” this window in my opinion, we can work with what we have in the midfield.

    Focus should be on defenders, and I am really looking forward to seeing some of our young defenders tonight against a tough opponent like Everton. Hopefully both Alese and Ashby will get a chance again tonight, could be really important now that we have Johnson out for a while…

    Do you think Alese and Ashby can take the step up this season and play back up to the first team on a more regular basis? (By the way does anyone know if Cardosos injury was bad yesterday?)

  2. For the life of me I can’t see why we are not looking at a left back, we have the worst left back in the top two divisions.

  3. We have a decent quota of attacking players that seem to be gelling at last – so why even waste time considering this when the pirority is the defence. It’s been a priority since Pellegrini first took over. For all the millions that muppet earnt, he failed to see what any real fan could. It’s essential we shore up the defence – attack is fine, although if a deal came through for a decent forward you never know. The plus side here is that Chelski have been told to take a running jump on Rice and so they’ll forget any loans to us – maybe???

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