West Ham see Conor Gallagher bid turned down by Chelsea

West Ham have bid for Conor Gallagher rejected by Chelsea

West Ham have bid for Conor Gallagher rejected by Chelsea

West Ham United have hit a setback in their search for a new central midfielder, as they have seen an official bid for Conor Gallagher turned down by Chelsea.

The Hammers are assessing moves for a number of central midfield players this summer after allowing Declan Rice to move to Arsenal for a fee of more than $100 million.

Conor Gallagher ranks high on West Ham wish list

The Hammers reportedly made their first official approach to Chelsea for the 23-year-old on Tuesday, according to the Evening Standard.

However, their bid worth nearly $44 million was immediately turned down by the Blues. The reports have claimed that Chelsea are looking for a fee closer to $54 million for the former Crystal Palace loan star.

West Ham are looking to tie up the deal quickly, as they face competition from Tottenham Hotspur, who are also weighing up a move.

The Hammers also remain in talks with Southampton over a move for James Ward-Prowse, while the East London giants have also enquired about the future of Scott McTominay.

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