Report: West Ham will turn to £15m Chelsea man if they fail to land key transfer target this summer

West Ham United are set to make a move for returning Chelsea loanee Ross Barkley if they miss out on Jesse Lingard.

This is according to 90min, who claim the Blues midfielder is high on David Moyes’ radar as an alternative to Lingard.

Barkley spent last season with Aston Villa, which ended disappointingly following a strong start to his spell in the Midlands.

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The 27-year-old is back at Cobham and hoping to leave an impression on his new manager, Thomas Tuchel.

Yet, there is every chance the England international will be moved on in order to either raise funds or make space in the squad.

Permitted this is the scenario, West Ham would seemingly like to nail Barkley down.

But only if they do not manage to sign Lingard, who had a huge impact at the London Stadium after his loan move from Manchester United in January.

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Failing to land the Red Devils forward, Moyes may look to reunite with the player he managed at Everton nearly a decade ago.

He and Barkley worked together on Merseyside for three years before the former became Manchester United manager.

Chelsea then snapped up the Toffees academy product in 2018 for £15m (BBC).

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90min say the Blues are willing to offer the Evertonian on loan to West Ham, although they would have to fund part of his wages.

They also report that Everton and Newcastle United are interested in gaining Barkley’s services as well.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.