West Ham linked with move for Gary Cahill

West Ham United are tracking Chelsea defender Gary Cahill, according to the Daily Mirror.

The centre-back has struggled for game time with the Blues this season.

What’s the word?

Cahill has fallen out of favour under Maurizio Sarri this season.

The 33-year-old has played justĀ once in the Premier League this campaign, ironically against West Ham.

He has played four times in the Europa League but has not featured at all in the knockout rounds, while he only played twice in the League Cup, in the third and fourth rounds. He was absent from the latter rounds, including the final against Manchester City and the semi-final against Tottenham Hotspur.

The Mirror claim that the Irons are interested in the possibility of extricating Cahill from Stamford Bridge when the summer transfer window opens.

A former England international, he is reportedly desperate for first-team football.

Why?

This is a bizarre deal.

West Ham have a number of options at centre-back, including Fabian Balbuena, Angelo Ogbonna, Issa Diop and Winston Reid.

Why, then, would Manuel Pellegrini be interested in signing Cahill?

Yet again, he is a fading talent and Sarri has clearly decided that he is no longer qualified to play at a Premier League level.

Pellegrini should take his lead from the Italian and avoid him at all costs.

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