West Ham have joined the hot pursuit of Ruben Loftus-Cheek, according to recent reports.

The Mirror claims that West Ham are one of the clubs chasing a loan deal for Chelsea midfielder Loftus-Cheek in January.

The impressive central midfielder scored at the weekend after coming on as a substitute but his lack of playing time is a concern.

5 clubs chase Loftus-Cheek

Ruben Loftus-Cheek is wanted by four Premier League sides and Schalke. (Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

Crystal Palace had Loftus-Cheek on loan last season and his performances for the Eagles earned him a spot in England’s World Cup squad.

Roy Hodgson is keen on bringing him back to Selhust Park, while West Ham also face competition from Newcastle United and Bournemouth.

Schalke, who were keen in the summer, want Loftus-Cheek to join the growing contingent of English players in the Bundesliga.

Chelsea conundrum for Loftus-Cheek

Ruben Loftus-Cheek has struggled for game time this season. (Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

The 22-year-old feels that he should be playing regularly at this stage of his career but Maurizio Sarri has used him sparingly.

Loftus-Cheek has to compete with N’Golo Kante, Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic and Ross Barkley in central midfield.

This has limited the England international just nine appearances for Chelsea this season, with no starts in the Premier League.

He has scored twice in four substitute cameos in the league for Chelsea, as well as netting a hat-trick in the Europa League.

Would he be a good signing?

Loftus-Cheek would be an ideal loan signing for West Ham in January, solving a problem position on a short-term basis.

The Hammers lack creativity in central midfield with Manuel Lanzini out with a long-term injury.

Slotting just ahead of Declan Rice and alongside Mark Noble, Pedro Obiang or Jack Wilshere, Loftus-Cheek could thrive in West Ham’s midfield.

The 6ft 3in midfielder is tall, strong, quick, skilful and powerful; he possesses all the attributes to take West Ham up the league table.

And in the short-term, it could bolster his chances of making Gareth Southgate’s England side and boost his long-term hopes of making the grade at Stamford Bridge.