By Will Butcher
West Ham have been told there is no chance of signing Chelsea’s Cesc Fabregas on deadline day, according to a reliable journalist.
The Daily Express claim that Fabregas emerged as a late transfer target for the Hammers, as the 29-year-old struggles to hold down a regular starting place in Antonio Conte’s starting line-up.
However, Sky Sports transfer expert Kaveh Solhekol revealed on his personal Twitter account that there was no way a move for Fabregas to the London Stadium would materialise on deadline day.
Told no chance of West Ham signing Cesc Fabregas today. He's happy at Chelsea. AC Milan, Inter Milan & Juventus all interested
— Kaveh Solhekol (@SkyKaveh) January 31, 2017
It is believed that Serie A giants AC Milan, Inter Milan and Juventus are all keen on the 110-time Spain international, whose contract ends in the summer of 2019. Fabregas is said to be happy at Chelsea.
Currently behind the likes of N’Golo Kante and Nemanja Matic in Conte’s central midfield, Fabregas may have been viewed as a possible deal by manager Slaven Bilic.
However, the transfer door has been firmly shut in the former Croatia manager’s face as Conte looks to keep his former Barcelona midfielder for the second half of Chelsea’s title chase.
This season, Fabregas has made just five Premier League starts despite having a hand in 10 goals during his 18 league and cup appearances. Scoring three, Fabregas has also provided eight assists.
Football Insider verdict:
The Hammers are currently missing a creative spark from midfield, with all their central midfielders preferring to sit in deeper positions. The likes of captain Mark Noble, Pedro Obiang and Cheikhou Kouyate are all known for their defensive midfield work, but offer little going forward. With the loss of playmaker Dimitri Payet, Fabregas would have been a good signing for the Hammers as they would reignite the attacking spark in their side. Able to orchestrate the attacks behind target man Andy Carroll, Fabregas could be the missing link between the Hammers going mid-table obscurity to challenging for Europe. However, Fabregas would be a good signing for any Premier League club and can still do a job for Chelsea, as he’s proved in his bit-part performances. This isn’t going anywhere.
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