West Ham to test Chelsea with loan bid for out-of-favor England midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek in January
- Ruben Loftus-Cheek has yet to start a top-flight game for Chelsea this season
- Maurizio Sarri has already said he does not want to leave home on loan
- But Premier League rivals West Ham are ready to claim the test
Harry Slavin For Mailonline
Chelsea's resolve over Maurizio Sarri's assertion that Ruben Loftus-Cheek does not want to be out on loan this winter.
The midfielder shone for England at the World Cup, playing four times for Gareth Southgate's side as they reached the semi-finals.
It would hoped that the maturity of his displays in Russia would lead to a sustained push for first-team minutes in the Chelsea team.
West Ham are ready to test the Chelsea waters with a loan bid for Ruben Loftus-Cheek
However, the arrival of Maurizio Sarri as boss, coupled with the impressive form of both Ross Barkley and loan signing Mateo Kovacic, has seen his chances severely hampered.
According to the Mirror, West Ham are ready to give him the chance to prove himself in the top flight, and kick on a once again.
Lucky-Cheek has been given his chance by Sarri, starting the last two Europa League ties, where he grabbed a hat-trick against BATE at home.
So he's scared of coming off the bench in his latest Premier League appearance at Burnley, and his boss is adamant that he's at Stamford Bridge, rather than anywhere else.
The England star grabbed his first hat-trick in Europa League, but have had sparse
Ruben in October played four matches out of five. At the moment the situation is not for a loan of course, he told reporters ahead of the victory against Crystal Palace last weekend.
He has improved but needs to improve more from the tactical point of view.
'Physically, he has great characteristics: he is fast, solid, great impact, technically he is very good but he wants to play as a midfielder he needs to improve in the defensive phase. The potential is great. '