23-year-old PL striker makes decision after West Ham discuss possibility of signing him - report
By Harvey Byrne
Chelsea forward Michy Batshuayi has decided to stay and fight for his place at Stamford Bridge amid interest from league and London rivals West Ham, according to a report.
The Daily Mail have claimed on their live transfer blog (Tuesday, 12.28pm) that the 23-year-old is a target for Ligue 1 outfit Lille, while the Hammers have even went as far as to discuss the possibility of signing the Belgian on loan this summer.
However, Batshuayi is said to want to remain at Chelsea for now and that the Blues have no desire to sell him without first finding a replacement.
Batshuayi completed a mega £33million move to Chelsea from Marseille last summer, but in his debut campaign he returned just 11 goals in 29 matches in all competitions.
He has already played in each of the Blues’ first three matches in all competitions and the forward is still contracted to the Premier League giants until 2021.
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Football Insider verdict:
Batshuayi is clearly a very talented player and he would be a very smart addition for West Ham this summer. However, if he wants to remain at Chelsea and fight for his place with the Blues having to play in both the Champions League and the Premier League this season then there’s nothing the east Londoners can do. The Hammers have also already added smartly to their forward line this summer with Javier Hernandez and therefore the club can’t feel too hard done by that Batshuayi doesn’t want to join, as they did in the last summer after missing out on a number of striker targets.
In other West Ham transfer news, a Premier League side are closing in on a seven-figure deal for international striker wanted by the Hammers.