West Ham United’s hopes of signing Ruben Loftus-Cheek from Chelsea may have been boosted by a report from Italy.

Read: ExWHUemployee delivers new verdict on expected West Ham transfer

West Ham have been linked with a move for England player Loftus-Cheek (Daily Mail) for some time.

The Hammers looked like they might be in with a shout for his signature after the powerful central midfielder grew frustrated at Chelsea under former boss Maurizio Sarri.

But the return of former West Ham man Frank Lampard to Stamford Bridge as manager, coupled with the club’s transfer ban, put paid to the Hammers hopes.

Photo by Jon Hobley MI News NurPhoto via Getty Images

Midfielder Hammers have chased for two years could be available for £17.5m

With that ban lifted, it now appears the 24-year-old West Ham target could be sold in the next window. And for as little as £17.5million.

According to Italian news outlet Il Messaggero and Football Italia, Lazio have enquired about Loftus-Cheek’s availability.

And the Rome club were told he could be available for around €20million (£17.5m).

Il Messaggero and Football Italia claim the long-term Achilles injury suffered by the Hammers target has lowered his asking price.

If that is the case then West Ham will surely be sniffing around in the summer.

Photo by Harriet Lander Copa Getty Images

Ruben ticks the boxes for Moyes’s new philosophy

Loftus-Cheek ticks so many boxes for David Moyes as he looks to build a new-look West Ham side around young, hungry players (whufc.com).

The Scot has already started that rebuild in earnest. Jarrod Bowen and Tomas Soucek were excellent young additions in January.

 

And young academy starlet Jeremy Ngakia has been promoted to first choice right back.

Captain Mark Noble has just turned 33. He admitted back in January that West Ham should no longer rely on him and must look to younger midfielders (talkSPORT).

West Ham have an agreement in place to make Soucek’s deal permanent for £13.5 million (The Guardian).

Photo by Chris Brunskill Fantasista Getty Images

New-look midfield trio would transform West Ham

And if Moyes could add Loftus-Cheek the Hammers would suddenly look a powerful force in a central midfield marshalled by future captain Declan Rice.

Reports have suggested money will be tight for West Ham as a result of the global health crisis.

But the east Londoners may be able to strike a deal with Chelsea to take Loftus-Cheek on a season-long loan with the option to buy.

The news of the exciting midfielder’s potential availability will certainly make ears prick up at West Ham.

The only danger would be getting into transfer dialogue with Chelsea over a midfielder given their much publicised interest in Rice (Sky Sports).

Read: Star insider claimed West Ham want could end up at Everton or Old Trafford thanks to mum

Have something to tell us about this article?