Oriel Romeu appears to be being targeted by West Ham, with reports suggesting that manager Sam Allardyce is considering a bid for the Chelsea midfielder.
According to the Metro, the Hammers are seeking to make strong additions to their midfield this summer and it appears as if Romeu will not be needed across London at Stamford Bridge for the 2014/15 campaign.
Indeed, Romeu has not been a part of Chelsea's first-team squad for quite some time now, with the Spaniard - who originally joined the club from Barcelona back in 2011 - having spent the entire of last season back in La Liga on loan at Valencia.
A stylish but combative midfielder, Romeu has often struggled with injury during his short professional career to date and only managed to feature on 13 occasions in domestic competition at the Mestalla.
If he can stay fit, Romeu could well be an exciting addition to the ranks at Upton Park. While many had initially expected Allardyce to be sacked following a less-than-exciting climax to the season, it seems that he has been given a stay of execution with the stipulation that he must improve West Ham's rather antiquated playing style.
The capture of a player of Romeu's potential - he is still only 22 - could help Allardyce to achieve that particular goal.
While Jose Mourinho's plans for the former Spanish youth international are not publicly known, it seems unlikely that he will be afforded the opportunity to really fight for his place back in the Chelsea XI with so much competition in the midfield area.
With Mourinho hoping that the club will resist interest from Paris Saint-Germain in superstar playmaker Eden Hazard, Marko Marin - who like Romeu spent the whole of last season away from Chelsea - is due to return following his loan spell at Sevilla and experienced Portuguese midfielder Tiago is expected to re-join the Blues from Atletico Madrid.
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