West Ham are at the front of the queue in the race to sign Danny Drinkwater, according to The Daily Mail.

The Hammers face a four-way battle with Premier League rivals Bournemouth, Fulham and Burnley for the Chelsea midfielder.

Interest in a loan swoop for Drinkwater has been confirmed by reliable West Ham insider EXWHUEmployee on Twitter.

EXWHUEmployee tweeted to confirm that West Ham were keen on Drinkwater and were also pursuing two of his Chelsea team-mates: Gary Cahill and Olivier Giroud.

Decisions will be made by the Hammers today as they weigh up whether to sign any of these Chelsea fringe players on loan.

Danny Drinkwater

Danny Drinkwater has not played since August. (Photo By Sam Barnes/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

Drinkwater has not played a single game for Chelsea since the Community Shield and has been frozen out by Maurizio Sarri.

The 28-year-old previously won the Premier League with Leicester City but his £35m (Daily Mail) move to Chelsea in summer 2017 has been a flop.

With just five Premier League starts in one-and-a-half seasons at Stamford Bridge, it is no surprise to see the three-cap England international seeking an exit.

West Ham are currently without central midfield trio Carlos Sanchez, Jack Wilshere and Manuel Lanzini and Drinkwater could provide a short-term fix.

Gary Cahill

Gary Cahill is surplus to requirements. (Photo by Nicolas Economou/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

West Ham could move for Chelsea defender Cahill to answer their problems at centre-back.


Fabian Balbuena is injured and without him, West Ham have been leaky. In the past two matches, the Hammers have conceded seven goals against AFC Wimbledon and Wolves.

Cahill could be a short-term fix and it would be a loan with a view to a potential free transfer when his contract expires next summer.

The 33-year-old has vast experience in the top flight, with nearly 350 Premier League appearances under his belt.

And the 61-cap England international could help shore things up for the Hammers, who have struggled to keep clean sheets this season.

Olivier Giroud

Olivier Giroud could be forced out by Gonzalo Higuain’s arrival. (Photo credit: GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)

Another area where West Ham could do with some reinforcements is the striker department.

Andy Carroll has struggled for form since returning from injury, Javier Hernandez has flitted in and out of the team and Marko Arnautovic has suffered a major foot injury.

Giroud has a proven track record of scoring goals in the Premier League and he could be a short-term option on loan.

The France international scored over 100 goals for Arsenal in all competitions and has 10 goals for Chelsea.

But the arrival of Gonzalo Higuain could force the 32-year-old to leave on loan with West Ham interested.

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