West Ham are reportedly interested in trying to sign midfielder Ross Barkley from London and Premier League rivals Chelsea.
According to the Mirror, Hammers manager David Moyes wants to reignite interest in the 26-year-old after a loan offer for him was rejected back in January.
The report explains that Moyes is hoping he can tempt the central midfielder to the London Stadium next season, as more regular game time could help his chances of being involved with England in next summer’s European Championships.
Barkley has earned 33 senior international caps for England, but hasn’t been a nailed-on starter at Stamford Bridge this season for his club team.
The box-to-box midfielder has four goals and four assists in 24 appearances so far this campaign for Chelsea.
West Ham’s current midfield star Jack Wilshere, 28, has featured alongside reported target Barkley in the past on the international stage and has previously been very complimentary of him.
“He has always been a great player and sometimes it takes time for players to find their feet,” Wilshere told the Sun back in November 2018.
“Obviously, he moved clubs [to Chelsea] and you can also pick up a few injuries. But then it all comes down to him, his inner belief and, at the end of the day, his football ability has done the talking.
TBR’s View – Would Barkley be a good signing?
West Ham may have got a crucial 3-2 victory over Chelsea in midweek in the league, but there can be no arguments that Frank Lampard’s side are filled with quality options.
Barkley isn’t a guaranteed starter in the Chelsea team, but he would surely become a crucial member of the XI if he did make the move across London for next season.
The creative playmaker has undoubted talent that Moyes is clearly a big fan of and perhaps he is the manager to really unlock the full potential inside him.
With Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek showing their midfield steel as a partnership, it’s easy to picture Barkley slotting in just in front in a creative role and it’s a transfer that the Hammers should explore further.