West Ham handed boost in race for key target

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Chelsea are willing to allow midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek to leave in the January transfer window, according to Simon Jones in the Daily Mail. The Englishman has been linked with West Ham, and a number of other clubs, in recent weeks.

It is believed that the Blues have received 10 enquiries about the England Under 21 international’s availability and it seems as if manager Antonio Conte has given his approval to send the 20 year old out on loan in January.

The Premier League leaders are said to prefer the player moving to another Premier League club to gain experience at the highest level, rather than a move to the Championship.

It looks as though then that the Hammers will have the advantage over Championships clubs, including Newcastle United, who are believed to be preparing an offer for Loftus-Cheek.

West Ham boss Slaven Bilic is also reportedly lining up offers for two other Chelsea players in goalkeeper Asmir Begovic and Michy Batshuayi.

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