Chelsea defender to snub January loan deal to Leeds

Date published: Friday 18th December 2020 9:27 - Matthew Briggs

Leeds are set to miss out on Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori in January, according to a report.

TalkSPORT understands Tomori is heading for French side Rennes on loan next month.

The 22-year-old’s career has not gone according to plan this season. After an encouraging breakthrough last term, Tomori was expected to feature for Frank Lampard’s Chelsea. But he has made just one Premier League appearance after turning down a loan move to West Ham in the summer.

The Sun reporterd that Tomori pulled out of the switch to the Hammers 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.

It transpired that he pulled the plug on the deal despite a strange contractual clause.

West Ham were reportedly willing to offer Chelsea £50,000 every time he didn’t play for the Hammers, according to talkSPORT.

Tomori though has struggled to get into Lampard’s plans and Thiago Silva, Kurt Zouma and Andreas Christensen are all ahead of him in the pecking order.

Rennes relationship strong

Now talkSPORT claim Tomori will snub a loan to Leeds and instead move to Rennes.

Alex Crook, talkSPORT’s transfer guru said: “Leeds have also expressed an interest, but I’m told Rennes is now the most likely destination for Tomori.

“They tried to sign him as part of Edouard Mendy’s move to Chelsea and talks have remained ongoing.

“I wonder if Tomori may regret snubbing that move to West Ham, because he has basically been a bystander this season.”

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