West Ham get Armando Broja and Conor Gallagher update from the horse’s mouth as Thomas Tuchel has his say on their futures.
West Ham boss David Moyes faces a big rebuild this summer with a number of players leaving.
Two key positions that need strengthening are central midfield and up front.
West Ham have been heavily linked with striker Armando Broja and central midfielder Conor Gallagher – both owned by London rivals Chelsea.
Jamie Redknapp stated live on Sky Sports this week that he has heard West Ham want to sign 20-year-old Slough-born forward Broja – who he has known since he was 14 – from Chelsea this summer.
With Mark Noble retiring and Alex Kral’s unsuccessful loan spell coming to an end, Moyes must bring in a new central midfielder.
HITC claims the Hammers could move for Gallagher, who has just been named Crystal Palace’s player of the season while on loan there from Chelsea.
Well now West Ham have got a Broja and Gallagher update from the horse’s mouth as Chelsea boss Tuchel has his say on their futures.
Speaking to The Evening Standard, Tuchel has suggested he will consider allowing both to leave unless they prove they have the ability and desire to be in his Chelsea plans for next season.
“They will come back (to Chelsea) for sure, I want to have them in pre-season,” Tuchel told The Evening Standard.
“We will decide in pre-season what goes on.
“It is heavily up to Broja and Gallagher – and how they do.”
It is highly unlikely that either player will want to go from playing week in, week out to sitting – at best – on the bench for Chelsea.
In Gallagher’s case, he is now a member of the England squad and will want to be playing regularly to keep it that way ahead of the World Cup.
That could work in West Ham’s favour if Moyes is – as reported – interested in the all-action midfielder.
Chelsea proved they will do business with West Ham at the right price after the Hammers signed Kurt Zouma for £29m last summer.
Whether they will allow Gallagher and/or Broja to move to east London, with Chelsea money no longer boundless and West Ham pushing for the top four, is another matter entirely.