West Ham United have set the wheels in motion to sign frustrated Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi on loan in the January transfer window, according to The Sun.
The Belgian arrived at Stamford Bridge from Marseille in the summer – despite the Hammers’ reported interest at that time – but has struggled to make his way into the first team since because of Diego Costa’s excellent form. The report claims that the player has held talks with the club over his future, but that the Hammers want to offer him an escape route.
West Ham boss Slaven Bilic is expected to say goodbye to Italian loanee Simone Zaza in the coming weeks, as he has failed to make an impression at the London Stadium, and the club want the Belgian youngster to come in as his replacement.
Batshuayi has only played 77 minutes of Premier League football for the league leaders this season, and has yet to start a game. Instead, those minutes have been racked up over the course of nine substitute appearances. The club have assured Batshuayi that he does have a long term future, but he will need to remain patient in the hunt for a starting berth.
West Ham could continue to work on the move over the coming weeks in the hope they can strike an agreement sooner rather than later, though it’s likely that any exit for Batshuayi would mean Chelsea need to enter the market themselves for a new striker.
Whether the Batshuayi deal is completed or not, pundit Jamie Redknapp has made waves over his opinion of the player recently, saying he’s not good enough to replace Costa if he gets injured because of a lack of intelligence.
He said to the Mail: “I would look for cover up front. Unlike Costa, Michy Batshuayi doesn’t look the most intelligent of forwards.
“If Costa gets injured for the rest of the season, you would struggle to see how they would win the league given their back-up options.”