Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori rejected a deadline-day season-long loan move to London rivals West Ham United at the 11th hour.
The 22-year-old looked set to move to the London Stadium in what would have involved a ‘huge’ loan fee, according to Sky Sports.
Blues manager Frank Lampard had been looking to jettison a few defenders before the transfer window closed. France Under-21 ace Malang Sarr was allowed to join Portuguese giants Porto for the season.
It seemed as though Antonio Rudiger would also be plying his trade elsewhere over the next eight months. However, despite links to Tottenham, Paris Saint Germain, Roma and AC Milan, the 27-year-old also stayed put.
The Sun are reporting that Tomori pulled out of the switch with just 10 minutes of the window remaining, leaving West Ham stunned.
As per reports, Tomori had a late change of heart after being convinced he has what it takes to force his way into the Chelsea side this season.
Furthermore, Tomori is said to be highly-regarded by Lampard and was told he would be welcome to stay were he to reject the move. After his substitute appearance against Liverpool, Lampard said: “Tomori did really well and he hasn’t played for a while.”
Having come up through the Chelsea youth ranks, Tomori made his Premier League debut in May 2016. He has enjoyed 17 top-flight outings and 26 in all competitions but is clearly eager for more.
Despite just 44 minutes of league action in 2020-2021, the rangy defender has started both the Blues’ Carabao Cup matches. Rudiger has yet to feature for the club this term and it may be this that prompted a change of heart from Tomori.
Moyes to look lower down
Hammers chief Moyes will bow need to search out EFL clubs if he wants a new defender. That transfer window is still open for another two weeks.
The East End outfit began the season with defeats to Newcastle and Arsenal. However, back-to-back wins over Wolves and Leicester City have pushed them up to 10th.
Consecutive clean sheets and seven goals scored will have given the players a shot in the arm. Moyes, however, will know it is a long campaign.