By Harry Sykes

Chelsea have no intention of allowing Michy Batshuayi to join West Ham on loan in the January transfer window, according to a reliable journalist.

The Sun reported on Saturday that Slaven Bilic’s side have launched a bid to sign the £33million striker next month.

Kristof Terreur, who works for Belgian publication HLN and is a reliable source of information for the Premier League-based Belgium players, insists that West Ham’s pursuit of the prolific 23-year-old is doomed to failure.

Terreur reported on his personal Twitter account that Chelsea are “not willing to sell/loan him out at the moment”.

The HLN correspondent revealed that the Hammers made enquiries for Belgium international Batshuayi “a while ago” but the Premier League leaders have “long-terms plans” for the player.

West Ham are keen for more firepower to catapult them away from the relegation places after a difficult first half of the season.

The club’s current striker roster, including Andy Carroll, Diafra Sacko and on-loan Simone Zaza, have been badly hit by either injury or poor form and have left Bilic with no choice but to pursue a new front man next month.

The Hammers were strongly linked last summer with Batshuayi on the back of a superb 2015-16 season for French club Marseille, in which he scored 23 goals and supplied 10 assists in 50 matches.

At Chelsea, he has had just 75 minutes of Premier League action due to the magnificent form of Diego Costa, but he has still demonstrated his calibre with three goals and one assist from 12 matches in all competitions.

In other West Ham transfer news, the Hammers have beaten Manchester United to the signature of this midfielder.