By Nick Ware

21st Jul, 2021 | 5:10pm

West Ham in Chelsea talks over midfielder Ross Barkley

West Ham are in talks with Chelsea over a move for 27-year-old English midfielder Ross Barkley, according to 90min.

The online news outlet claims West Ham have held “conversations” with their London rivals as their bid to sign Manchester United’s Jesse Lingard continues to stumble.

33-cap England international Barkley has been told he can leave Chelsea this summer after spending the entirety of last season on loan at Aston Villa, and the Blues would be prepared to sanction another temporary exit, though a portion of his “hefty” wages may have to be subsided.

David Moyes is said to be a “big fan” of the Liverpool-born attacking midfielder after he broke through the Everton ranks under the Scottish manager.

90min suggest Barkley would “jump” at the opportunity to reunite with his former boss, and Europa League football could give the Irons a boost over Everton and Newcastle United.

Move on…

Barkley isn’t a name that particularly excites us anymore.

He was billed as one of England’s brightest prospects as he rose through the ranks at Everton, and he has represented his country at a major tournament [2014 World Cup].

But he’s been nowhere near the levels expected of him in recent years, and his move to Chelsea in 2018 always appeared destined for failure.

He may have won the Europa League with them in 2019, playing 12 times in Europe that season, but he’s always been on the fringes of the action at Stamford Bridge, which explains why he was farmed out on loan to Aston Villa last year.

After a promising start in the Midlands, he faded away, and signing him as Lingard’s replacement would feel like a big downgrade.

Perhaps Moyes can reignite his career, but on the face of it, Barkley would be an underwhelming signing.

In other West Ham news, David Sullivan slams takeover talks in BBC interview, states whether he will sell the club.

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