Hammers get significant boost on defender


Hammers get significant boost on defender

West Ham United have been handed a significant boost in their pursuit of Chelsea defender Trevor Chalobah, as the Blues have reportedly opened the door for the player to leave on loan this month.

Hammers get significant boost on defender

This development comes as a welcome relief for the Hammers, who have been limited in their transfer activity due to their tight budget.

The Hammers have been linked with Chalobah for several weeks, and it was only expected that they would make a move if they were able to sell defender Nayef Aguerd.

However, with Chelsea now willing to sanction a loan move, the Irons may be considering bringing in the 24-year-old regardless of Aguerd’s future.

Chalobah’s arrival would be a significant boost to West Ham’s defence, which has been prone to errors this season. The tall and imposing defender would provide much-needed stability at the back, and his ability to play in a variety of positions would give David Moyes a welcome tactical flexibility.

However, there are also some concerns surrounding Chalobah. The English international has been sidelined with a hamstring injury since August and has yet to feature for Chelsea this season. If he is still not fully fit, it would make a loan move to West Ham difficult.

In addition, Nottingham Forest and Fulham are also interested in signing Chalobah. Both clubs are more likely to offer him regular playing time.

While a loan deal would involve minimal risk for West Ham, the Blues are reportedly demanding an obligation to buy as part of any agreement. If this is the case, it could be a deal-breaker for the Hammers.

Overall, West Ham’s interest in Chalobah is a positive development, but there are still a number of hurdles that need to be overcome before the deal can be finalized.

The Irons will need to convince Chalobah of their playing project, and they may also need to sweeten the deal by offering Chelsea a more attractive arrangement.

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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