Report: West Ham likely to make summer move for rarely-seen £35m man unhappy with game time
West Ham are likely to make a summer offer for £35million Chelsea midfielder Danny Drinkwater, according to a report.
The Telegraph details that the 28-year-old will reassess his future plans at the end of the current campaign after only making the switch to London last summer.
After failing to break into the starting XI, the former Leicester City title-winner is said to be frustrated with his lack of opportunities at Stamford Bridge – a fact that has alerted the Irons.
There is a great deal of interest in the midfielder and should Drinkwater decide that he wants to quit the champions, West Ham will likely make their move.
The ex-Manchester United youth player is contracted to the West London outfit until 2022.
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Drinkwater is a tremendous talent and in a position where the Irons have suffered from injuries, he would be a valuable arrival in East London – one that could push the club on. An issue though would be the cost. With the West Ham board frequently accused of being tight with the purse strings and Chelsea wanting to recoup most of the £35m they spent on him, it’s questionable as to whether they will be able to match any valuation set by the Blues. Drinkwater is likely to be attracted by a switch across London, which would mean he would not have to move again and also the prospect of first-team football would also be a lure.
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