West Ham are interested in signing Chelsea attacking midfielder Ross Barkley on loan, according to reports in the English media.
Hammers boss David Moyes knows the 26-year-old well after giving him his debut for Everton back in 2011, and he is said to be keen on bringing him to the London Stadium.
Some supporters on Twitter think he would be a success at the club:
I like Barkley I’ll take him
— Scott Laws (@coachlawsy) 16 January 2020
Would love him
— Steve (@Steve_WHU_) 16 January 2020
He’s got a lot to prove so should come in hungry
— West Ham way or maybe not ⚒⚒⚒ (@ham_maybe) 16 January 2020
Other fans don’t think a move for Barkley would be realistic:
He’s stilll getting game time at Chelsea why would he come to westham? Plus do we need desperately another attacking midfield player? We need some legs and muscle!
— Steve Wand (wandie) (@Wandsworld) 16 January 2020
It’s not going to happen though is it?🙄
— Jayne Johnston 🧩 (@Jaynejon) 16 January 2020
I actually fel sorry for Moyes, he’ll never get any backing. But he should of also been stronger when taking over and demand a transfer kitty of at leave £20-25m this window.
— Rob Waldon WHUFC ⚒ (@RobWaldon) 15 January 2020
Why? Is he injured ??
— djblokey (@djblokey1) 16 January 2020
Quote from Sullivan…We will only take him on loan if he’s injured and on the cheap lmao
— Hammerhead (@452a2d8d005b405) 16 January 2020
Barkley has moved down the pecking order at Chelsea, after having started four of Frank Lampard’s first seven league games in charge. Injuries have also played a role with the midfielder having been sidelined for a number of weeks.
The question is, though, do West Ham really need another playmaker in the team with Felipe Anderson, Pablo Fornals and Manuel Lanzini all at the club? Perhaps Moyes sees Barkley playing in a deeper role in the long term but still, it doesn’t seem he is a player that the club urgently need.