According to reliable West Ham United insider @ExWHUemployee on his latest ‘The West Ham Way’ transfer blog (June 24), the east London outfit want to sign of Chelsea trio Danny Drinkwater, Ross Barkley or Ruben Loftus-Cheek on loan with a view to a permanent deal, and Irons fans have been quick to react.
@ExWHUemployee suggests that Manuel Pellegrini wants to bring one of the three players to the London Stadium this summer as he believes that one of them will be allowed to go, and as the Hammers look to boost their home-grown quota of players.
Loftus-Cheek shone during a season-long loan spell with Crystal Palace last term, while Drinkwater and Barkley struggled to make an impact at Stamford Bridge following moves from Leicester City and Everton last summer and during the January transfer window respectively.
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West Ham supporters, who have urged their club to sign a 25-year-old World Cup attacking ace, took to social media to give their thoughts on the latest rumour, and while one said “I don’t understand” seeing as they are all different types of midfield players, another said “please not Drinkwater”.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
— SKCIrons (@SKCIrons) June 24, 2018
— Seanmorris (@seanmorris13) June 24, 2018
Loftus-cheek for me. Drinkwater had one good season in a absolutely fluke season. Barkley is a weird one, potential but everyone Been saying that the last 6 years
— martin tyzack (@MTyzack) June 25, 2018
Loftus-Cheek would be a brilliant signing
— James McFarquhar ⚒ (@JamesMcFarquhar) June 24, 2018
RLC for the 35M we’d be spending on Seri and Barkley on loan ?
— Chris (@chriscod1993) June 25, 2018
Please not drinkwater
— Matthew Lacey (@MttLacey) June 24, 2018
Why on earth would we ask for any midfielder on loan from chelsea? All 3 are completley different players so why on earth would we ask for just any of them? And again no mention of a out and out dm, a position that desperately needs strengthening. Not counting seri as wony happen
— funkycoolers (@funkycoolers) June 24, 2018
Loftus/barkley/drinkwater any of them would be amazing loans
— Benny (@benbraund85) June 25, 2018
I don't understand how we can want either Barkley, lotus cheek or drinkwater on loan with a view to buy (depending on who's allowed to go) when they are all different players? Seems like we're doing the whole "Who's cheap and available" rather than "who do we want and need"?
— Richard (@RichardL_79) June 25, 2018
Do not want Drinkwater at all absolutely shocking player, as for the rest they all sound good, would love Loftus Cheek, or Barkley if I’m honest, the other deals I’m pretty happy with too, thanks for the update
— West HamFamily, COYI (@Smackit0) June 24, 2018