According to a report from the Northern Echo, West Ham are keen to sign Chelsea youngster Conor Gallagher this summer.
Hammers boss David Moyes has repeatedly stated recently that he wants to bring young, hungry and exciting players to the London Stadium during this summer’s transfer window.
And Blues starlet Gallagher, 20, certainly fits into that category.
West Ham are surely on the look-out for another central midfielder as well. That’s in spite of having already made Tomas Soucek’s move to east London permanent.
Carlos Sanchez has left and Mark Noble will be 34 next season. Declan Rice’s future at the London Stadium is also far from certain.
And the Northern Echo claims that West Ham could be set to battle it out with Newcastle for Chelsea youngster Conor Gallagher this summer.
The 20-year-old spent the first half of last season on loan at Charlton Athletic and the second half on loan at Swansea City.
In 45 combined Championship games for both clubs, he racked up six goals and 11 assists in what was a fine campaign for the youngster (Transfermarkt).
Chelsea owned Gallagher demonstrated what an incredibly talented young player he is in England’s second tier this season. It just remains to be seen whether he is ready to take the step up to the next level.
Judging by his performances this season though, he is more than ready.
Frank Lampard could demand as much as £10 million for the young midfielder, however, according to the Sun.
And with West Ham’s current financial problems, it might be difficult for them to prise the 20-year-old away from Stamford Bridge this summer.