West Ham must move for Drinkwater in January window

According to the Daily Express, Leicester City want to re-sign Danny Drinkwater from Chelsea in January, but West Ham United should reignite their interest to bring the midfielder to the London Stadium.

What’s the word, then?

Drinkwater’s future was the subject of much speculation during the summer transfer window, with a number of clubs being linked with the England international.

The 28-year-old cost Chelsea a cool £35m from Leicester in the summer of 2017, but he struggled at Stamford Bridge last term – making just 12 Premier League appearances.

It is understood that Drinkwater is not in the long-term plans of new Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri, which is expected to spark a January scramble for his services.

According to the Daily Express, Leicester want to re-sign Drinkwater, whilst Southampton are believed to be closely monitoring developments.

West Ham, however, should reignite their interest to bring the midfielder to the London Stadium as he would be an upgrade on their current options in the middle of the park.

Why should West Ham sign Drinkwater?

It would be fair to say that central midfield has been a real problem for West Ham this season.

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Declan Rice and Mark Noble – heavily criticised by his own fans in recent weeks – started the 2018-19 campaign as the two holding midfielders, but that did not go too well as the Hammers lost 4-0 to Liverpool on the opening weekend.

Carlos Sanchez and Jack Wilshere were the two deep-lying midfielders in the 1-0 defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers at the weekend, meanwhile, and the former was caught out for the away side’s goal.

It has not happened for Drinkwater at Chelsea, but the England international played a key role in Leicester winning the 2015-16 Premier League title, and he would be an inspired signing for West Ham during the January transfer window.