West Ham confident to sign ‘unstoppable force’ on loan before window closes
West Ham United are confident they will secure a deal to snatch Ruben Loftus-Cheek on loan from Chelsea ahead of Monday’s transfer deadline, according to The mirror.
While the Hammers were unwilling to pay the £ 11million loan fees required to bring in Ross Barkley under a short-term deal with Stamford Bridge, the England international joining Aston Villa at the instead, another highly rated midfielder could make the short trip through London.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has admitted Loftus-Cheek may be allowed to leave on loan over the next few days after the 24-year-old was ruled out in the Carabao Cup loss to Tottenham Hotspur (Guardian).
David Moyes is desperate to inject youngsters into an aging squad and, according to The Mirror, West Ham is confident Loftus-Cheek will arrive before the window closes.
A 6-foot-3 powerhouse whose velvety feel and gliding motion belies its slender frame, Loftus-Cheek urgently needs regular first-team football.
After a string of injuries that limited him to just seven Premier League appearances last season, the ten-time England international fell behind Mason Mount and Kai Havertz in Chelsea’s pecking order, while Hakim Ziyech has not yet thought of Lampard.
Loftus-Cheek showcased their vast potential on a similar loan to Crystal Palace in 2017/18 and West Ham will be hopeful that one of England’s most naturally gifted footballers can avoid injury at the London Stadium.
It remains to be seen whether Moyes plans to use ‘RLC’ as a box-to-box midfielder alongside Tomas Soucek or a young alternative to Mark Noble in a deeper role.
“An unstoppable force,” said former England ace Owen Hargreaves BT Sport after Loftus-Cheek’s Europa League hat-trick against BATE Borisov in 2018.
” He has got everything.
West Ham transfer record
£ 22 million
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