Fikayo Tomori stepped away from an 11th-hour move to West Ham, despite an unusual contractual offer.
The Chelsea defender looked all set to sign for the Hammers on loan, but he stepped away from the deal late on Monday night.
The Sun reporterd 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.
And now it has 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.
The 22-year-old did not fancy the move after reportedly been told by Frank Lampard that 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.
Meanwhile, one defender who did leave on loan was Malang Sarr.
Sarr has joined Portuguese champions Porto on a season-long loan deal. The 21-year-old joined the Blues on a five-year contract from Nice this summer and was always expected to get experience elsewhere.
Sarr has been given the 32 shirt at the Estadio do Dragao.