The January transfer window is now just a few short days away from closing. However, there is still time for clubs in the Premier League to line up a late move – and West Ham United are hoping to do just that with Chelsea defender Trevoh Chalobah.
According to a report from Football Insider, the Hammers are hoping to bring Chalobah to the London Stadium before the window slams shut. It is likely to be in the form of a loan deal, rather than a permanent transfer. While the Blues are keen to move Chalobah on permanently, the Irons are not believed to be interested in going down this route.
Bringing Chalobah on board in the form of a permanent deal would carry an element of risk – the former Huddersfield Town loanee has not played a minute of football in any competition this season. As such, there are question marks surrounding his match fitness, as well as his current injury status. He was a regular first-team player last season, but has seen his place on the totem pole drop considerably under Mauricio Pochettino.
Which other clubs in the Premier League, besides West Ham, are interested in Trevoh Chalobah?
West Ham aren’t the only club in the Premier League who have a reported desire to snap Chalobah up before February 1. Crisis club Nottingham Forest are also thought to be interested, as are London rivals Fulham.
It would be surprising to see Forest make any signings in the current window, even a loan. This is due to their ongoing battle with Financial Fair Pay constraints, which could see them docked points and slapped with a massive fine. Fulham will provide sterner competition – not only do they have the financial muscle, they also play a free-flowing game that will suit a ball-playing defender like Chalobah.