Tottenham are the latest club to be linked with a move for Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger (Sky Sports). And that will obviously be somewhat of a problem for West Ham, with David Moyes allegedly keen to bring the German ace to the London Stadium.
The Hammers are interested in signing the Blues centre-back on loan before next month’s transfer deadline, according to a report from the Daily Mail.
And Frank Lampard is allegedly prepared to sanction the 31-capped Germany international’s exit from Stamford Bridge.
Moyes’s need to add an established centre-back to his ranks is very clear to see for everyone who has watched West Ham over the past couple of years.
And Chelsea ace Rudiger would have been the ideal option for us.
Joe Cole once raved about the German, labelling him as ‘massive in the dressing room’ and someone who has a big personality (Football.London).
But the Hammers could now face a real problem. Sky Sports claims that Spurs boss Jose Mourinho is keen to bring Rudiger to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
The Blues signed Rudiger from Roma in the summer of 2017 for around £29 million (BBC). He has gone on to make 80 Premier League appearances for Chelsea. In those outings, the 27-year-old has made 93 tackles, 15 blocks, 72 interceptions, 252 clearances and 522 ball recoveries (premierleague.com).
The Germany international is a very solid all round defender. He would undoubtedly be a useful addition for West Ham. And his availability on loan seems to suit us perfectly.
With Tottenham allegedly in the race to signing the 27-year-old as well, however, our chances of bringing Rudiger to east London seem to be even slimmer than they were a few days ago.