Rumour Reel: Fabregas to West Ham, while PSG pursue Lukaku and Reds to pounce for Pulisic?
Robbie Purves | 8 November 2016
Coral’s rumour reel
Despite a dreadful start to life at their new stadium, the Hammers don’t seem to be lowering their lofty standards, as Cesc Fabregas to West Ham United is linked in today’s back pages
The Spaniard appears to be out of favour at Stamford Bridge, as Antonio Conte seems to have found his perfect midfield pairing or Nemanja Matic and N’Golo Kante.
Fabregas to West Ham?
Slaven Bilic’s relegation-battling Hammers could be about to make a surprising move for Chelsea’s midfield outcast Fabregas.
The ex-Arsenal man has started just once under new boss Conte and finds himself frozen out. Roman Abramovich’s Blues are even ready to subsidise Fabregas’ reported £160k-a-week wages, which has West Ham and a number of other clubs queuing up to add the World Cup winner on loan.
Bilic is also braced for the departure of Dimitri Payet, after the Frenchman talked of a January move away from the Olympic Stadium.
Branislav Ivanovic to West Ham has also been linked in recent days, as Conte favours wing backs over conventional full backs.
PSG pursue Lukaku?
French giants and reigning Ligue 1 champions PSG are reportedly ready to try their luck in January, with an audacious move for Romelu Lukaku when the winter window opens.
Lukaku has netted seven in only 11 Premier League outings this term under new Toffees boss Ronald Koeman and received admiring glances as a result. The Dutchman was able to keep Belgium’s star in the summer but, as his stock rises, could be willing to sell for a blockbusting fee.
Chelsea were reportedly after Lukaku this summer but as their interest cooled, PSG have stepped up their pursuit. The Parisians lost talisman Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the summer window and haven’t looked the same since, sitting third in Ligue 1.
Toffees would likely want £50m plus for their goal-getter and, with PSG’s riches, could see him make the switch.
Liverpool to pounce for Pulisic?
It can be easy to link former Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp with the German club’s players, but Liverpool’s interest in Christian Pulisic appears to have legs.
The Merseyside outfit were reportedly keen on adding the 18-year-old USA international in the summer, but Pulisic was reluctant to leave Germany. However, with his value increasing by the game with eye catching performances, clubs are circling.
Pulisic has two goals and four assists to his name in just eight Bundesliga games from the wing this term. However, there’s bad news for potential suitors, as Dortmund see him as integral to their future plans and would demand more that £35m to land the teen – reports suggest.
Hammers and Everton fans, what do you think of Fabregas to West Ham as PSG pursue Lukaku? Tell us in the comments below.