West Ham are lining up January swoops for two Chelsea players, according to reports.

The Daily Mail claims West Ham are interested in signing defender Gary Cahill and striker Michy Batshuayi.

Manuel Pellegrini is eyeing January reinforcements with several first-team players out injured.

And he could aim to poach Cahill and Batshuayi from Chelsea to ease his concerns.

Gary Cahill

Gary Cahill is surplus to requirements at Chelsea. (Photo by Craig Mercer/MB Media/Getty Images)

With Winston Reid and Fabian Balbuena currently out injured, Pellegrini has been forced into playing Angelo Ogbonna alongside Issa Diop.

The Italian’s rustiness has been evident in recent games and Pellegrini has identified centre-back as an area that needs depth.

Towering 6ft 4in defender Cahill provides experience that the likes of Diop and Balbuena could benefit from.

The 61-cap England international has played over 300 Premier League games in a decorated career.

 

But now aged 33, Cahill’s time at Premier League level is coming to an end.

Michy Batshuayi

Michy Batshuayi has scored twice for Valencia this season. (Photo by Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images)

The Daily Mail reports that Pellegrini wants to bring in another striker on loan this January.

Batshuayi is currently on loan at Valencia but has managed just one La Liga goal in 14 outings – with just four starts to his name in the league.

The 25-year-old could cut short his stay in Spain to make another move away from Chelsea.

The Belgium international impressed at Borussia Dortmund last season but has found game time hard to come by at Stamford Bridge.

Ironically, if West Ham land Batshuayi, they may struggle to keep Javier Hernandez.

Spanish media outlet Marca reports that Chicharito – who has scored five goals this season – is a loan target for Valencia, who want him to replace Batshuayi.

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