By Adefunmiloye Alani

1st Sep, 2021 | 7:15pm

Ruben Loftus-Cheek was offered to West Ham United on transfer deadline day

West Ham were offered the chance to sign Ruben Loftus-Cheek on deadline day, but they rejected it, according to talkSPORT journalist Alex Crook.

The Chelsea midfielder, 25, is currently out of favour at Stamford Bridge, but the Hammers were not keen, signing his Spartak Moscow counterpart Alex Kral on a season-long loan instead.

The 23-year-old Czech Republic international has now linked up with his international teammates Tomas Soucek and Vladimir Coufal at the London Stadium for the rest of the season.

Speaking on talkSPORT, Crook exclusively revealed (as shared on their website): “Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who of course was out on loan at Fulham last season, was offered to West Ham.

“They said no. They were offered the chance to sign Ruben Loftus-Cheek, he stays at Chelsea.”

Too late?

West Ham were clearly looking to strengthen in the middle of the park, and manager David Moyes finally went for Kral having been linked ahead of the European Championship.

However, could that have changed had RLC been available days or weeks ago?

On his day, the box-to-box midfield powerhouse is one of the best in his position in the league, and he proved his fitness last term, making 31 Premier League appearances for both the Blues and Fulham.

Loftus-Cheek has managed to overcome his injury woes it seems, but his representatives moved too late from the look of things.

The Hammers were involved in talks for Kral all Tuesday, and they could not change their mind by the time the Chelsea man was made available.

West Ham are well-equipped in midfield right now, with Declan Rice, Mark Noble, Kral and Soucek all available and providing quality squad depth in abundance.

Loftus-Cheek would have been a top addition, though, but a move did not materialise as the Irons had their target in mind on transfer deadline day.

In other West Ham news, player was unable to complete Hammers move due to family reasons.

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