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.