West Ham United: Crook gives Conor Gallagher transfer claim
TalkSport reporter Alex Crook has given his verdict on West Ham United’s interest in Chelsea’s Conor Gallagher.
The Lowdown: Many suitors
Sky Sports’ Keith Downie has claimed that Newcastle United ‘remain interested’ in bringing Gallagher to Tyneside, though it appears that a number of clubs are after the Premier League star.
Indeed, Everton recently submitted a £40m bid for the player, according to Fabrizio Romano.
And David Moyes’ side have now entered the fray for the midfielder per TalkSport, as it’s been reported that they would like to take the 22-year-old on loan for the remainder of the season.
The Latest: Crook gives Gallagher verdict
Speaking to GiveMeSport, Crook has claimed there’s not been much noise from the West Ham camp, but if Chelsea made it clear they were willing to let him go, the Hammers could spring into action.
He stated: “At the moment, it seems quite quiet on the West Ham front. Conor Gallagher is one they’ve had long-standing interest in, so if he was made available, they may well be part of the conversation for him.”
The Verdict: Worth exploring
We believe that adding Gallagher to West Ham’s midfield would only improve the options that David Moyes has at his disposal.
The player is only 22 years old and has already built up plenty of Premier League experience with three different clubs. Gallagher has been on the books of West Bromwich Albion and Crystal Palace, while he has featured this season for his current club, Chelsea.
When the midfielder was out on loan with Palace, TalkSport’s Danny Murphy said in November 2021 that he could turn out to be the ‘signing of the season’.
Chelsea’s squad is jam-packed with players who can operate in the same position as Gallagher, who has found it difficult to be a constant starter in the league so far this term.
Meanwhile, there could be more midfield arrivals to come at Stamford Bridge by the end of the day – which could open the door for the Hammers to swoop.
In our view, a loan move is a great opportunity for him to get some consistent game time and possibly work his way back into the fray at Chelsea in the long term.
Gallagher can play as an attacking midfielder and found plenty of joy there last season at Selhurst Park. We believe Moyes could deploy him as a handy attacking outlet, West Ham are certainly lacking goals this season, and in our view, the 22-year-old could be a solution to that problem.