West Ham have made Conor Gallagher their primary midfield target to replace Declan Rice.
The Hammers sold their captain to Arsenal for a British record £105 million this summer. They have begun the search for his replacement and have identified Chelsea’s midfielder Gallagher as the perfect fit.
According to reports by football transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, David Moyes’ side have already submitted a £40 million bid for the player. But Chelsea have rejected their initial offer and are instead holding out for £50m.
“Chelsea have rejected West Ham’s first bid for Conor Gallagher for around £40m with add-ons,” he tweeted.
“After discussing internally and also with Mauricio Pochettino, Chelsea decided to reject.
“West Ham remain interested, but #CFC want at least £50m to sell Conor.”
Having already lost N’Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic, and Ruben Loftus-Cheek this summer, Pochettino considered his midfield light. So selling Gallagher is not compulsory for the Blues.
However, they could be tempted if West Ham comes back with £50m, as that will help them pursue a deal for their primary midfield target Moises Caicedo, who Brighton value at £100m.