West Ham are keen on snapping up Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger on loan before the transfer window shuts, according to the Sun‘s Alan Nixon.
The usually reliable journalist claims that the Hammers have turned their attention to the German international after having had similar approaches turned down for Arsenal’s Rob Holding and Manchester United’s Chris Smalling.
Rudiger has not been in Chelsea’s matchday squad for the last three matches, and manager Frank Lampard has suggested that players could be offloaded in the next week.
West Ham have already failed in attempts to sign Burnley’s James Tarkowski and Saint-Etienne’s Wesley Fofana, while they are also believed to hold an interest in Juventus’s Daniele Rugani and Strasbourg’s Mohamed Simakan.
Rudiger would, though, be seen as a good short-term solution and the Irons are said to be prepared to pay good money in order to bring him in on loan. Chelsea would like to sell him but if they can’t find suitable buyers, a temporary switch to the London Stadium could be on the cards.