Are West Ham about to offer Cesc Fabregas a January escape route?
In a move that could significantly revitalise both player and club, West Ham look set to offer Cesc Fabregas a temporary reprieve from his Chelsea woes.
The Spanish midfielder has barely featured for the Blues under Antonio Conte, playing just 87 minutes of Premier League football in the first seven matches of the campaign.
A thigh injury has forced the former Arsenal ace to miss the last four games, but with the Stamford Bridge outfit romping from win to win in that spell, it appears he hasn’t been missed.
A January loan deal looks to be on the cards according to this week’s press, and that’s sparked the attentions of West Ham, themselves in dire need of a mid-season boost.
Slaven Bilic’s men sit 17th in the table, a far cry from their sublime performances to finish seventh last season.
And amid reports that star man Dimitri Payet could quit the club – potentially as early as in January – a loan move for Fabregas may be deemed imperative to persuade the dazzling winger to stay in east London.
For Cesc, the move would allow him to return to regular Premier League football, and offer an opportunity to show Conte what he’s missing out on.
Equally, if Conte isn’t the one to be impressed, then Fabregas could use a half-season run in the Premier League to put himself on the market next summer.
The deal would make plenty of sense for both player and club.
West Ham will be hoping that by the time Fabregas arrives in January, they’ll be somewhat higher up the pitch.
But to do that they’ll need to start winning games, starting with a trip to Tottenham after the international break.
The bookies make the Hammers unlikely victors however at 5/1, where defeat would only enhance the need for a player of Fabregas’ quality at the east London outfit.
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