West Ham boss David Moyes has reportedly targeted an audacious loan bid for Chelsea and England midfielder Ross Barkley.
The Hammers chief is said to want a reunion with the playmaker that he nurtured at Everton after his progress through the Toffees’ youth teams.
But the report in the Daily Mirror states that Chelsea are so far refusing to loan Barkley, with the club insistent that he remains an important part of their first-team plans.
Moyes, however, is holding out hope that 26-year-old could be willing to pursue regular first-team football to boost his chances of making Gareth Southgate’s squad for Euro 2020.
Lampard currently has Mateo Kovacic, N’Golo Kante, Mason Mount and Jorginho has central midfield options, but Barkley has started the club’s last two games and was excellent in the win over Burnley last weekend.
Barkley is not the only player on West Ham’s radar though, with 23-year-old AC Milan midfielder Frank Kessie also a target.
Meanwhile, Manchester United are reportedly still weighing up putting in an offer for West Ham midfielder Declan Rice.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has sent his personal scout to watch the 20-year-old England international, according to the Daily Mail.
The report suggests that Simon Wells was sent to watch Declan Rice in West Ham’s 1-0 defeat to Sheffield United on Friday evening. Read more…