West Ham are reportedly confident that they are going to beat Tottenham to the signing of defender Antonio Rudiger from Chelsea.
The two London clubs are both interested in signing the Germany international, whose Stamford Bridge future is in doubt.
However, the Mirror claims that the Hammers believe they are leading the chase for the player. That is due to the fact that Chelsea will not want the player to join Spurs.
David Moyes’ side want to take Rudiger on loan, and West Ham believe the Blues would prefer a temporary deal.
For their part, Spurs are said to want a permanent deal but Rudiger will only be allowed to leave on one condition.
Chelsea want to ensure that the centre-back commits to staying for another year. That is so they can maximise the value that they get for him this summer or the next.
Rudiger, who is currently out of favour, is said to be keen on a move away. However, Chelsea have told the 27-year-old he won’t be allowed to leave, unless he pens a new deal.
Whether the player will opt to take up Chelsea’s offer, given his recent lack of game time, remains to be seen.
But leaves leaves West Ham and Tottenham somewhat in limbo, as they hunt for reinforcements before Monday’s transfer deadline.
Hammers target bound for Leicester
Leicester have agreed a deal with Saint Etienne for the signing of Hammers target Wesley Fofana.
The Foxes are expected to pay more than £30million for the 19-year-old. The Ligue 1 side have confirmed it would be a club record sale.
It will end Leicester’s interest in Burnley’s James Tarkowski, who had been keen on a move. The Foxes had a bid worth more than £30million rejected last week.
A Saint Etienne statement read: “AS Saint-Etienne reached an agreement on Tuesday evening with Leicester, the current leaders of the English Premier League, for the transfer of defender Wesley Fofana.
“The amount of this transfer is the largest ever obtained by the club.” Read more…
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