Batshuayi should snap up West Ham United lifeline

West Ham United are considering reviving their interest in Chelsea forward Michy Batshuayi, according to the Daily Mail.

What’s the story?

Before the Belgian forward signed for Chelsea in a £33m deal last summer, the Hammers were believed to be in the running.

Slaven Bilic missed out, though, as Marseille accepted the Blues’ bid, which was rumoured to be £2m more than what the East London outfit offered.

Batshuayi has struggled for minutes under manager Antonio Conte, making just 16 Premier League appearances, none of which have been starts.

With that in mind, the Daily Mail reports that West Ham are considering a summer swoop for the 23-year-old.

The publication claims that a move could go through, but Chelsea would prefer a loan agreement rather than a permanent deal.

Should Batshuayi move East?

Even though the Belgian is a young striker, he would have expected more game time than he has been getting, particularly after Chelsea splashed out a large chunk of cash for his signature.

Before joining the Blues, Batshuayi scored 17 goals and produced nine assists in 36 Ligue 1 appearances.

At Chelsea, though, the forward has found the back of the net once and created an assist for one other.

Batshuayi has only played 97 minutes of top-flight action across 16 substitute appearances, so the opportunity to play more regularly elsewhere should be seriously considered.

A loan deal would be the best option for both parties at this stage as it would give the player the chance to prove himself before a possible return to Stamford Bridge.

It would also work for the Hammers as they would not have to initially pay a huge sum for his services, because more likely than not, Chelsea will want to recoup what they paid for him.

 


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