The England international finally made his Chelsea debut against Everton last weekend, but his future at Stamford Bridge remains uncertain.
What’s the latest news involving Gallagher?
According to the Guardian, the Hammers asked their London rivals about Gallagher’s availability, with David Moyes keen on bolstering his midfield department.
Flynn Downes has already arrived from Swansea, but Alex Kral’s departure and Mark Noble’s retirement means that West Ham’s only other central options are Tomas Soucek and Declan Rice.
Therefore, Moyes is hoping to sign another midfielder before September’s deadline, although the report claims that Gallagher isn’t interested in leaving Stamford Bridge, despite making his first-team bow as a ninth minute substitute on the opening day.
What did Phillips say about Gallagher?
Phillips confirmed West Ham’s interest in the £50m-valued midfielder and reckons he could get his “head turned” in the final weeks of the transfer window despite the reports.
He told GIVEMESPORT: “Crystal Palace are very interested, West Ham made an enquiry in the last week or so about taking Gallagher as well.
“I think he could get his head turned in the last few weeks and there might be another decision and another conversation that needs to happen.”
Could West Ham sign Gallagher?
Currently, it looks like Gallagher is set on fighting for his place at Chelsea.
Having proved himself as good enough for Premier League football with 11 goal contributions in 34 games for Crystal Palace last season, the last thing he’ll want is another loan deal.
However, his mindset could change if his game-time doesn’t improve before the window closes.
Gallagher might have made his first-team debut for Chelsea at Goodison Park, but Thomas Tuchel already has an incredibly competitive midfield department, including N’Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic, Jorginho and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, which could leave the 22-year-old frustrated.
Gallagher will also have the World Cup in mind. Not only has he already won four caps, but he’s been involved in each of the last three camps, which suggests that he’s firmly in Gareth Southgate’s plans.
However, if he sits on the bench for the next couple of months that could soon change, which is exactly why another loan move might be a sensible decision, and a switch to the London Stadium would allow him to play in Europe for the first time.