Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi is reportedly a January transfer target of West Ham United, with the Hammers hopeful of snapping up him on loan until the end of the season.
The Belgian international moved to Stamford Bridge from Marseille in a £33m deal this past summer, as per The Sun, but has been left frustrated over a lack of opportunities so far this season.
With just 13 appearances in all competitions to his name, with only 389 minutes of football being played in total, it’s no surprise that he has grown a little disappointed over how things have started for him at Chelsea.
Batshuayi has still managed to score five goals in that time to show his quality, but with Diego Costa leading the line brilliantly for Antonio Conte’s men, it has been difficult for him to make a breakthrough and stay in the team.
Costa has scored 12 goals in 16 Premier League outings already this season, and with Chelsea going for an 11th consecutive win against Crystal Palace this weekend, it shows exactly why Conte would have been apprehensive to make changes when it’s entirely unnecessary.
With West Ham set to ditch flop Simone Zaza, it’s claimed by the Sun that Batshuayi will be Slaven Bilic’s top target to bolster his forward line and help them move away from the bottom of the table.
The club sit just four points above the relegation zone heading into this weekend’s fixtures, and have managed to score just 18 goals in 16 games so far this year.
Although other clubs down the bottom are even worse off, West Ham are far from tight at the back so Bilic will be desperate to find a regular goalscorer to get them out of trouble.
In truth, it’s surely highly unlikely that Chelsea will allow Batshuayi to join their London rivals for any period of time. Conte will be under pressure to either play him or give him a chance of regular football elsewhere to allow him to continue his development, but a move to West Ham won’t be a popular one.