According to The Daily Mail, via HITC, West Ham are interested in Chelsea midfielder Danny Drinkwater.
The 28-year-old’s time at Stamford Bridge has been an unmitigated disaster, as he has made just five Premier League starts for The Blues since his big-money move from Leicester in 2017.
The arrivals of Jorginho and Mateo Kovačić in the summer, as well as Ross Barkley last January, meant the England international Drinkwater faces almost no chance at all of featuring for Chelsea this season in the league. Therefore, it is best he makes the move away if he wants to save his career.
However, as he showed during his title-winning season at Leicester, Drinkwater is a high-quality player, capable of controlling a game from the centre of the field. He still deserves to be at a top club in England, but perhaps not a top-six club. That is why West Ham are such a good destination for him.
The Hammers may want an extra deep-lying midfielder to complement Declan Rice. While Mark Noble is a perfect candidate for now, manager Manuel Pellegrini may want to use his further up the field, and must question how much longer he has left at the top. With Jack Wilshere a perpetual injury concern, Drinkwater could form a wonderful relationship with Rice, similar to that of his partnership with N’Golo Kanté.
Rice would be the defensively solid midfielder, while Drinkwater dictates the pace of the game next to him. Of course, if Chelsea want to recoup the £35m they spent for him, they are wildly delusional. This may actually be a chance for West Ham to pick up a bargain, as the midfielder will surely want a move away to get some game time.