West Ham have failed with their opening bid for Chelsea midfielder Conor Gallagher.

That is according to a report from The Times.

They claim that Premier League side West Ham have been unsuccessful with a £42million offer for Conor Gallagher.

It is explained that Chelsea have rejected West Ham’s bid for the 23-year-old midfielder, who’s a player they’re prepared to let leave Stamford Bridge during this summer transfer window.

The report says that the Blues value their academy graduate at £45million.

However, David Moyes’ Hammers side don’t plan to increase their offer and won’t pay the extra £3million.

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If Chelsea are serious about Gallagher, they should get West Ham back on the phone and accept their generous £42million proposal.

The Evening Standard recently claimed that Gallagher is now ready to leave Chelsea after being deemed surplus to requirements.

We’ve seen the box-to-box midfielder score in both games of pre-season so far, which is why some may be surprised Mauricio Pochettino’s side could sell him.

It’s worth pointing out he had a difficult season last year in the Blues first team, though.

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Our view is that Chelsea could be playing with fire if they offload Gallagher right now.

It’s obvious Pochettino’s squad is very light in the midfield department, so it would be nice to get one or two central midfielders through the door before allowing Gallagher’s potential move.

We feel he could be a good fit in West Ham colours. Alternatively, there could be a path for him to improve and make his mark in Pochettino’s Chelsea XI.

Described as “fantastic” last season by Graham Potter (Football.London), Gallagher is a player that could excel in the right system as a genuine goalscoring midfielder.

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