Paper Talk: Chelsea given Rudiger lift; Defrel’s London link

Date published: Tuesday 13th December 2016 8:11

West Ham plan to beef up their attack by moving for a striker also wanted by Liverpool, while Roma’s willingness to sign Cesc Fabregas could see Chelsea land a long-term target, according to Tuesday’s newspapers.



West Ham will make a January move for Sassuolo striker Gregoire Defrel, as Slaven Bilic attempts to beef up his shot shy attack, according to reports on Tuesday.

The Hammers have endured a difficult campaign so far, but most of their problems are being blamed on a number of key injuries, with their strikeforce being affected the most.

And with summer signing Simone Zaza failing to hit the heights, Bilic’s hunt for a new centre forward has seen him linked with the French-born Serie A hitman, Defrel.

The Daily Express claims that providing he does not lose West Ham’s next two home games against Burnley and Hull, Bilic looks set to survive as manager and has already earmarked Defrel as a major target.

The 25-year-old is under contract at the Serie A club until 2020, but both Liverpool and West Ham have had scouts watching the former Parma and Cesena striker, who could cost as much as £20million.

The deal, however, could be further complicated by Liverpool’s interest in the player. The Reds could yet make a move for Defrel, which in turn would give the Hammers renewed hope that Jurgen Klopp could sanction the departure of another Hammers target in Daniel Sturridge.


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Roma want to sign Cesc Fabregas in January – and are so desperate to land the Spaniard that they are willing to throw Chelsea targets Antonio Rudiger or Radja Nainggolan into the deal.

That’s according to the Daily Mirror, who suggest Roma have already made contact with the Blues ahead of a possible January swoop for the midfielder, who has found game time hard to come by at Chelsea this season.

Fabregas enjoyed his best performance for some time the weekend before last when the Blues claimed a 3-1 win at Manchester City – but the former Barcelona man was back on the bench on Sunday as Antonio Conte recalled the fit-again Nemanja Matic in the hard-fought 1-0 win over West Brom.

The paper claims Fabregas’ wages could prove a problem for Roma – but any deal could be sweetened by offering Chelsea the chance to buy one of their long-term targets in centre-half Rudiger or midfielder Nainggolan – and then chuck a hefty signing-on fee at the Spaniard.

Blues team-mate Cesar Azpilicueta, meanwhile, has urged Chelsea to keep Fabregas.

“To have a player like him at the club is really important,” he told the Evening Standard. “We know his qualities – he is a game changer.

“The passes he did during the win against Manchester City were amazing. He provided the assist for the goal which got us back into the game – Diego scored a very good goal. Not a lot of players can do that kind of pass.

“I have seen him do things like that for years, with Spain as well. The skill that he has is very special.”



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