By Matthew Farr
West Ham are lining up a sensational January loan move for Cesc Fabregas, according to a report.
The Mirror claim that Chelsea are prepared to offload the Spanish midfielder, who is not deemed a part of Antonio Conte’s long-term plans.
It is said that Chelsea are willing to subsidise Fabregas’ £160,000-a-week wages to help push through a deal.
With West Ham braced to lose star man Dimitri Payet in the winter transfer window, the London club are now considering a number of replacements.
The Frenchman has already hinted that his time at the east London club could soon be coming to an end.
Financial restrictions for West Ham rule out any possibility of a permanent move for Fabregas.
The former Arsenal and Barcelona man has fallen down the pecking order since Conte arrived at Stamford Bridge in the summer, and has made just one start this season.
The Spain international has yet to manage a full 90 minutes in the league under Conte, his longest performance being a 55-minute stint in the embarrassing 3-0 defeat to Arsenal on 24 September.
Used sparingly both at Stamford Bridge and on the road this season,Fabregas has yet to feature for more than 15 minutes in any of his three substitute appearances,
With Conte having already been given the backing to overhaul his squad in January, Fabregas is set to be one of the first on his list of departures.
The Spaniard would become a key figure for The Hammers as they look to move further away from the Premier League relegation zone. Slaven Bilic’s men currently lie in a disappointing 17th-place, just one point clear of Hull City and the relegation zone.
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