West Ham United lining up potential swoop for Chelsea ace


West Ham United enjoyed a massive boost earlier this week.

They took on Chelsea in a high-energy London derby, recording a huge 3-2 victory at an empty London Stadium.

Goals from Tomas Soucek, Michail Antonio, and Andriy Yarmolenko gave David Moyes’ side all three points and handed them a massive advantage in their bid to avoid relegation.

They are currently three points clear of 18th-placed Aston Villa and 19th-placed AFC Bournemouth with eight games of the season remaining.

The loss for Chelsea, meanwhile, leaves them two points clear of fifth-placed Manchester United and sixth-placed Wolves, and hanging on to their Champions League qualification place.

The two sides, though, could soon be in negotiations with each other over a new signing.

With West Ham seemingly set to stay in the Premier League, they are already eyeing up potential acquisitions for their squad.


Indeed, The Daily Mirror reports that Ross Barkley is wanted by Moyes, with the former Everton boss keen on a reunion with the attacking midfielder, who is valued at £19.35m by Transfermarkt.

The two worked together at Everton in the 2011/12 and 2012/13 seasons, though Barkley only played 18 times under the former Manchester United boss.

Barkley has made just 10 Premier League starts at Chelsea this season and Moyes is hopeful he will be open to a new challenge and the promise of first-team football.

GIVEMESPORT’S Harry Sherlock says…

This feels like an odd move for the Hammers.

Barkley is clearly an excellent talent – he has 195 Premier League appearances under his belt and has also won 33 caps for England.

But if there is one area in which West Ham are fully stocked, it’s in attacking midfield.

They have the likes of Manuel Lanzini, Felipe Anderson, Jack Wilshere, and Pablo Fornals, who can all operate as a No.10.

A move for Barkley would not be cheap, given that he has a contract until 2023.

Indeed, Chelsea have already rejected a move from the Hammers before; they tried to sign him on loan in the January transfer window.

West Ham would be better off ignoring such a swoop and trying to strengthen areas in need of reinforcement; attacking midfield is not one of them.

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