West Ham are allegedly eyeing a surprise move to sign Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger.
Hammers insiders Westhamfans.org suggest that a source very highly placed at Chelsea has informed them that the East London outfit have made it very clear that they want to prise Rudiger away from Stamford Bridge.
The exact wording is that West Ham are ‘more than a little interested’ in signing Rudiger.
The 28-year-old Blues defender is out of contract at Stamford Bridge in the summer of 2022. And as things stand, talks regarding a new deal between player and club have reached an impasse.
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has already allowed one of his leading players to join West Ham in the form of Kurt Zouma. So surely the German won’t now want to lose arguably his best defender to the Blues’ fierce London rivals.
Tuchel may well be powerless, however, with Rudiger’s deal so close to expiring.
West Ham eyeing Antonio Rudiger swoop?
Westhamfans.org reckon that a source very highly placed at Chelsea have told them that David Moyes is very keen to bring the 49-capped Germany international to the London Stadium.
Rudiger is a truly top-class centre-back and he seems to have reached a new level entirely under the guidance and coaching of Tuchel.
Chelsea signed the German from Roma in the summer of 2017 for around £33.3 million (BBC).
Despite initially struggling to impress in west London, he has gone from strength to strength over the past couple of years.
Westhamfans.org claim that Rudiger could leave Chelsea on a free next summer or he may be moved on by the Blues in January for a nominal fee.
The problem is that Rudiger could demand anything upon to £200k-a-week in wages. There is surely no way that West Ham will be able to pay him anything like that.
Having said that, if we could pick him up on a free transfer next summer, then who knows?
Reuniting Rudiger with Zouma would be a very smart move from the Hammers.
We will undoubtedly face very stiff competition for his signature, however, whether we move form him in January or in six month’s time.