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West Ham eye stunning raid for £156,000-a-week World Cup winner - report

By Dominic Toner

West Ham are considering a move for Cesc Fabregas, according to a report.

The Mirror report that the Hammers are keeping an eye on the midfielder’s situation at Chelsea, with the Spaniard not a guaranteed starter under Antonio Conte.

The 29-year-old has fallen down the pecking order since the arrival of Conte and still has three years remaining on his current contract.

Fabregas was left on the bench for the club’s opening five league games but was handed a start in Saturday’s 3-0 defeat to Arsenal.

The central midfielder earned his starting position after a brace against Leicester in the EFL Cup third-round.

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New Chelsea boss Conte has mostly preferred a midfield three of N’Golo Kante, Nemanja Matic and Oscar at the start of the season.

Fabregas was an integral part of the Chelsea team that won the Premier League in the 2014/15 season, scoring five goals and supplying 24 assists in all competition that year.

The ex-Arsenal man has a wealth of top-flight experience in England and would be considered a great buy for Slaven Bilic’s side.

However, Fabregas’ salary could be an issue, as the Daily Star report that he earns £156,000-a-week at Chelsea.

West Ham completed a deal for Alvaro Arbeloa in the summer and he has enjoyed great success with Fabregas on the international stage.

The pair have won one World Cup and two European Championships with Spain and would provide great experience for West Ham.

The Hammers recently moved into the London Stadium and are hoping to compete on the European stage but have endured a difficult start in the league, with four defeat from their opening five games.

West Ham will continue to monitor the situation of Fabregas and could attempt an ambitious move for the player from their London rivals.

In other West Ham transfer news, Dimitri Payet was given this answer from the club’s chiefs when he demanded a sensational transfer in the summer.