Influential Chelsea ace linked with shock move to bitter London rivals as they offer escape from Stamford Bridge

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West Ham are reportedly ready to offer Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas an escape route if he continues to fail to hold down a spot in the starting line-up at Stamford Bridge.

The Spaniard has struggled to break into Antonio Conte’s side so far this season, starting the first five Premier League games of the campaign on the bench.

Despite impressing in the EFL Cup win over Leicester City in midweek, Fabregas struggled to influence matters when restored to the starting line-up at old club Arsenal on Saturday, and in turn he could be at risk of being dropped again.

According to The Mirror, West Ham are ready to swoop and end his Chelsea troubles if he is indeed forced to consider his options and start a new challenge elsewhere in order to get regular first-team football.

The Hammers were linked with various big names from around Europe this past summer, as they continue to look to make a statement signing to compliment the great talent that Slaven Bilic already has at his disposal.

Unfortunately, it’s difficult to see Fabregas turning out at the London Stadium on a regular basis any time soon, as he has consistently reiterated in recent times that he is solely interested in fighting for his future at Chelsea.

Nevertheless, it’s an intriguing back-up option if he does decide to move on, with West Ham giving him the chance to remain in London and in the Premier League, and as he would undoubtedly be considered a focal point of that team, it might even actually make sense for the former Arsenal and Barcelona ace.

It’s been a difficult start to the season for Bilic’s men, as they currently sit in 18th place after five games with one win and four defeats so far. In turn, signing a player of the ilk of Fabregas in the new year would be a major boost for all concerned as they look to overcome their slow start.

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