Chelsea player Ruben Loftus-Cheek was offered to Premier League and London rivals West Ham earlier this week, but they refused to buy him.
According to TalkSport, the Blues offered their 25-year-old to West Ham on Tuesday’s deadline day.
It is understood that the Hammers answered no to Loftus-Cheek before they ended up signing Alex Kral from Spartak Moscow.
Loftus-Cheek, who’s still with the Chelsea squad beyond the summer window, looks like he’ll have to knuckle down now to try force his way into Thomas Tuchel’s plans.
He’s played 82 first-team games for the club since coming through the academy, but it’s been a rough time in the past couple of years for him.
The attacking midfielder had to deal with a serious long-term injury. Also, the Englishman spent last season on loan with Fulham, but his form was up and down.
Ex-Fulham manager Scott Parker did refer to him “powerful, technically-gifted midfield player” during the season.
What now for Loftus-Cheek?
In truth, it looks a tall order for Loftus-Cheek to get many minutes from now until January.
He’s a powerful individual that can bring something a little different to the Blues side, so he needs to do his best to impress in training.
It looks unlikely he’ll get a chance in one of the two deeper midfield positions because he’s competing against the likes of N’Golo Kante, Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic and new signing Saul Niguez.
However, perhaps minutes in one of the three attacking positions should be a target. There are a lot of games for the club to play in Europe and domestic competitions.
Loftus-Cheek has been a massive favourite with some of the fanbase over the years, so there would be nothing sweeter than him making a comeback to rediscover his best form.
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