Fikayo Tomori snubbed a move to West Ham United just two months ago but is now reportedly ready to leave Chelsea.
Tomori revealed that he snubbed the chance to join West Ham on loan in October as he believed it was the ‘best decision’ for his career.
With five centre-backs, Frank Lampard and the Blues were looking to move one of them, with Antonio Rudiger being the most likely to leave.
West Ham swooped to take the 23-year-old England international on loan. A deal was agreed with Chelsea, but the defender himself turned down the chance to leave for the Hammers.
Tomori snubbed West Ham move in October
“I had a plan going into this season coming off the back of last season, and obviously in football things change so quickly,” Tomori told the Chelsea Mike’d Up Pod.
“For me, I wanted everything to be thought out and I thought about what was happening and especially when we had the few weeks off and leading up into the season, I was talking a lot with my agent and the club. I was trying to get some clarity about what was going on.
“Transfers for me, I would prefer if it wasn’t last minute, but stuff happens, and sometimes a situation happens where you have to make a decision quickly.
“In this instance it was one of those situations, and as you know I made the decision to stay.”
It is fair to say that decision has backfired somewhat.
Tomori has made just one substitute appearance for Chelsea all season, playing 45 minutes in total.
Now Hammers target wants out after just 45 minutes of action
Indeed he has only played 109 minutes in total in the entire calendar year.
And now The Athletic claim the West Ham target has had enough of being on the periphery at Chelsea and is pushing for a permanent move.
West Ham insiders Claret & Hugh have suggested David Moyes will not be able to sign players in January.
But while David Moyes admitted last week transfers will be on an ‘as needed’ basis.
Moyes did, however, make it clear that if players became available who fit his plans to build a young, hungry West Ham team to compete over the next five or six years he would review it.
“We’ll continue trying to build a squad, but more importantly a good team,” Moyes told whufc.com.
Moyes wants players who fit his long-term plan but will have to put pressure on the owners to get them
“It’s not always the case that you can get the players you want or the players are available.”
So Moyes must pressure the owners to back him if Tomori is available now he has changed his mind on a move.
Winston Reid is set to be shipped out on loan to MLS again, Craig Dawson is yet to play a single minute and will return to Watford.
Fabian Balbuena has been excellent this season but Moyes must decide whether to renew his contract. And while Moyes insists he does rate Issa Diop, the French defender has hardly had a sniff and his future remains unclear.
West Ham need more pace at centre-back. And that is Tomori’s key asset.
At 23 he has a long career ahead of him. But that clearly won’t be at Chelsea.
Whether it is at West Ham will depend entirely on the ambition of David Sullivan and David Gold.