West Ham United Considering Loan Move For Chelsea Outcast: Should Lampard Sanction This Deal?

West Ham Keen On Tiemoue Bakayoko Loan Deal - Bakayoko celebrates a goal
Chelsea's French midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko celebrates scoring his team's fourth goal during the UEFA Champions League Group C football match between Chelsea and Qarabag at Stamford Bridge in London on September 12, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Ben STANSALL (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP via Getty Images)

According to a recent report by French source Le10Sport, Premier League outfit West Ham United are said to be keen on a loan move for the services of Chelsea’s French midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko in the summer. The report suggests that the midfielder has been linked with teams like Paris Saint-Germain, but that West Ham and AC Milan seem like the likelier options at this point. It is further clarified that the Frenchman’s current tenure with the Stamford Bridge club extends until the end of the 2022 league campaign.

With West Ham keen on a Tiemoue Bakayoko loan deal, Chelsea could have an opportunity to get the midfielder off their hands for the season. Still, a permanent sale would undoubtedly suit the gaffer’s intentions. The Blues are said to be looking to get in the region of €35m for the former AS Monaco man’s signature, and that this figure is what put Ligue 1 giants PSG off his trail. AC Milan are said to be quite keen too, with the midfielder having made a good impression during his later days at the San Siro.

What Will Be The Best Case Scenario For Chelsea?

Frank Lampard’s side have been on the lookout for multiple signings across various areas of the pitch, and the one thing that all of them would need is money. Although Roman Abramovich would likely fund a few transfers, the real big-money ones would probably have to be figured out by the club themselves. Considering the kind of players that they seem to be targeting, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Chelsea holding out until a permanent option arrives this summer.

What Is Tiemoue Bakayoko’s Legacy At Chelsea?

The 25-year-old arrived at Stamford Bridge from Monaco, after a sensational spell in the middle of the park that guided the Ligue 1 side to an unlikely title that season. Having impressed profoundly all through the campaign, massive expectations were placed on the midfielder’s shoulders even before he arrived. In expectance of his immediate infusion into the side, the London club also sanctioned the sale of Serbian midfielder Nemanja Matic to league rivals Manchester United.

West Ham Keen On Tiemoue Bakayoko Loan Deal - Bakayoko celebrates a goal
Monaco’s French midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko celebrates after scoring a goal during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 football match between Monaco and Manchester City at the Stade Louis II in Monaco on March 15, 2017. (PASCAL GUYOT/AFP via Getty Images)

While it must be conceded that Bakayoko did get off to a decent start, the fact remains that he never showed any of his actual quality during his days in the Premier League. The midfielder, usually supremely effective with the ball at his feet, seemed to run out of ideas every time he was given possession.

The man who was known for his forward passing and defensive work-rate seemed to be firing blanks in both departments, and most worryingly, began making lots of unnecessary mistakes.

West Ham Keen On Tiemoue Bakayoko Loan Deal: Should Lampard Sanction This?

One thing that can be said with certainty is that the Frenchman doesn’t have a place in Frank Lampard’s system, which then means that a Chelsea stay is highly improbable. Although a switch to West Ham on loan would likely be attractive to the player, Chelsea will have to decide on whether they’re willing to let him go for just the season. The Blues’ transfer wish-list has some rather expensive names on it, and keeping the last two transfer windows in mind; they would be better off waiting for a permanent offer to arrive before sanctioning a permanent departure.

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