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West Ham: Michael Bridge drops Conor Gallagher update

West Ham United remain interested in a deal to bring Conor Gallagher to the London Stadium this summer.

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That’s according to Michael Bridge, with the journalist revealing live on Sky Sports News on Tuesday morning (via Hammers News) that, following a number of reports linking David Moyes with a move for the Chelsea midfielder in recent weeks, both West Ham and Crystal Palace are still working hard to convince the 22-year-old of a switch prior to Thursday’s transfer deadline.

Regarding the interest in the England international, Bridge said: “Conor Gallagher, now, it’s been an interesting last couple of games for him. He started against Leeds United, probably wasn’t his best game, he’s really trying here and doesn’t want another loan spell, he told me this in July. Then he was sent off against Leicester, but that won’t stop Crystal Palace and it won’t stop West Ham from trying to sign him if he is available on loan.”

“Unreal” trio

With West Ham confirming the €60m (£51.3m) club-record signing of Lucas Paqueta on Monday, it would appear as if Moyes is still not content with his current midfield options at the London Stadium, with Gallagher very much appearing to be an exceptional target for the 59-year-old to pursue over the remainder of the summer transfer window.

While it is true that the 22-year-old has endured something of a rocky start to the 2022/23 campaign – averaging a disappointing SofaScore match rating of 6.27 over his four Premier League appearances this term – considering just how impressive the midfielder was while on loan at Palace last term, the prospect of the four-cap international lining up alongside the likes of Paqueta and Declan Rice in the Hammers’ midfield is sure to be an incredibly tantalising one for supporters of the club.

Indeed, over his 34 league fixtures for the Eagles last time out, the £43m-rated talent was in remarkable form, scoring eight goals, registering three assists and creating five big chances for his teammates, as well as taking an average of 1.5 shots, making 1.1 key passes and completing 1.3 dribbles per game.

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The £32k-per-week midfielder also impressed in metrics more typical of his position, making an average of 2.0 tackles, 0.9 interceptions, 25.1 passes – at a success rate of 81% – and winning 5.9 duels per fixture.

These returns saw the player who Mark Duffy dubbed both “unreal” and a “pressing machine” average an eye-catching SofaScore match rating of 7.08, ranking him as Patrick Vieira’s best performer in the Premier League in 2021/22.

As such, with West Ham currently possessing one of the best number sixes in world football in the shape of Rice and having recently landed one of the leading number 10s in European football in the form of Paqueta, the signing of an incredibly exciting number eight in Gallagher would very much look to have formed an unreal midfield trio at the London Stadium.

However, with Palace reportedly submitting a £27m bid for the 22-year-old this week, it would appear that, should Moyes truly wish to bring the Chelsea starlet to east London this summer, he must make an official move for the midfielder sharpish.