England manager Gareth Southgate could yet have a big say on West Ham United signing Chelsea star Conor Gallagher.
West Ham’s interest in a number of Chelsea players has been well documented this summer.
Indeed Chelsea’s interest in one particular West Ham star has been widely reported for several years too.
Having done business with the Blues to sign Kurt Zouma last summer, the Hammers are said to be seriously interested in opening up the lines of communication between east and west London again to bring in midfield dynamo Gallagher.
After a superb season on loan at Crystal Palace, Gallagher has earned England recognition.
And he returned to Chelsea seemingly determined to stake a claim for a place in Thomas Tuchel’s side.
When he started on the bench for Chelsea’s season opener against Everton, transfer speculation immediately reignited.
According to a report from The Guardian’s Jacob Steinberg – who is well connected at West Ham – David Moyes, desperate to sign another central midfielder, enquired again for the 22-year-old.
Reports claim West Ham’s enquiry was knocked back as was one from Newcastle.
But a new report from 90min has suggested there may be hope for Moyes yet.
Because Gareth Southgate could yet have a big say on West Ham signing Chelsea star Gallagher before the window closes.
90min claims that Gallagher’s emergence on the Three Lions scene has given the midfield ace a great desire to go to the Qatar World Cup in November.
With so much stiff competition, that is highly unlikely if Gallagher is not playing regularly for Chelsea.
And 90min claims Gallagher’s future could hinge on his prospects of regular game time – which will diminish further still if Tuchel makes more signings himself.
“The Hammers have been tracking the England international for a number of months, having been impressed with his spell at Crystal Palace last season,” 90min reports.
“As it stands, Blues boss Thomas Tuchel intends to keep Gallagher as part of his squad, but things could change between now and the end of August.
“Depending on any signings Chelsea may make, Gallagher’s prospects of first team minutes could diminish, and any chance of him making England’s World Cup squad could hinge on whether or not he secures a move away from west London.”
There is no doubting Gallagher would be a huge statement signing from West Ham.
Tomas Soucek’s future with the Hammers has been in doubt all summer.
And while Gallagher is a similar player to Declan Rice, they have played together in midfield for England and it worked well.
Gallagher is right to want to push to make the World Cup squad. By the time the next World Cup comes around he will be getting on for 27 and who knows what his career trajectory will be like in the ensuing four years.
You only get one career and you have to take your chances when they present themselves.
Hopefully that will mean good news for West Ham before the window closes.