Why West Ham should rekindle interest in PL 23-year-old reportedly set for exit
COMMENT By Dominic Toner
West Ham should consider a move for Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi as he is reportedly set to leave Stamford Bridge in the summer.
The Daily Mirror claim that the Blues are poised to sell the 23-year-old in the summer transfer window, despite signing him for £33million at the beginning of the season.
It is understood the Belgium international has been unable to impress Chelsea manager Antonio Conte and is set to for the exit doors.
The report details that the Premier League leaders are set to give youngster Tammy Abraham a first-team chance next season and allow Batshuayi to leave them.
West Ham should seize this opportunity and make a move for a player they originally tried to bring to England in the summer, before Chelsea beat them to his signature.
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The Hammers were interested in signing the forward in January on loan, but Chelsea decided to keep him in their squad.
Slaven Bilic should certainly be looking at bolstering his attacking options in the summer and should look into Batshuayi.
The youngster has certainly not been given a fair chance at Chelsea and has not started a single Premier League game.
He has been restricted to cameo appearances in the league and was even overlooked when star striker Diego Costa suffered an injury.
West Ham could be the perfect platform for him to kickstart his career as he would certainly be a first-choice option.
Batshuayi has shown he has the potential in his limited opportunities this season and is a powerful centre forward.
The striker proved last season for Marseille that he can be clinical in front of goal by scoring 23 goals and supplying 10 assists in 50 appearances.
He is also an important member of the Belgium squad and would be a fantastic addition to the West Ham ranks.
Andy Carroll remains the best senior option at the London Stadium, but the Englishman is very injury prone.
In other West Ham transfer news, the club are set to land a £10million ace in the summer.