Chelsea turned down an enquiry from the Premier League side West Ham United for highly-rated full-back Reece James before the transfer market slammed shut almost two weeks ago, according to a report from a British daily newspaper the Telegraph.
It’s no secret that Reece, like the striker Tammy Abraham, midfielder Mason Mount and defenderFikayo Tomori, has a big part to play in a new-look Blues side now coached by club legend and former midfielder Frank Lampard.
The 19-year-old ace was outstanding during a loan stint at Wigan Athletic last campaign with EFL Championship survival and a place in the Team of the Season just rewards for a star who looked a cut above in the second division.
In any other era, Reece might have been forced out on loan once again but Frank is determined to give youth a chance and this bodes well for a muscle-bound youngster who has won two EPL 2 titles with the Blues.
The Telegraph reports that West Ham were keen on signing James this summer, potentially to replace Ryan Fredericks and the ageing Argentine star Pablo Zabaleta on the right-flank side of Manuel Pellegrini’s defence.
But the club never had a chance to secure the services of the promising Englishman and bring him to London Stadium this summer.
Chelsea turned down as much as £25 million from another Premier League club Crystal Palace, according to the Independent and they’ll even loan Davide Zappacosta, an experienced Italy international, to AS Roma in order to make room for Reece in West London.