West Ham ‘interested in taking Chelsea outcast Antonio Rudiger on loan’ with German international defender no longer wanted by Frank Lampard at Stamford Bridge
- Paris Saint-Germain also want to sign Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger on loan
- Rudiger has not been part of Chelsea’s last three squads in all competitions
- The 27-year-old needs games to force himself into Germany’s Euro 2020 squad
Antonio Rudiger could be offered a Premier League lifeline, with West Ham United reportedly interested in the German’s services on loan.
The 27-year-old has fallen out of favour at Chelsea and has been omitted from Frank Lampard’s last three squads against West Bromwich Albion, Barnsley and Liverpool.
And according to the Sun, West Ham have shown interest in taking Rudiger on a season-long loan as they look to shore up their defence.
Antonio Rudiger has fallen out of favour at Chelsea under manager Frank Lampard
Thiago Silva’s arrival has extinguished any faint hope of Rudiger returning to the starting XI
Rudiger’s last appearance for the Blues came in the FA Cup final defeat to Arsenal in early August, when he was partly culpable for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s winner in a 2-1 defeat.
Despite his role in helping convince compatriots Kai Havertz and Timo Werner to join him at Stamford Bridge this summer, Rudiger appears to have reached the end of the road in SW6.
Chelsea have already received an offer from Paris Saint-Germain for the imposing centre back, with the French champions also looking to strike up a loan deal with an option to buy.
The Hammers had the fifth-worst defence in the Premier League last season and Rudiger would no doubt expect to start immediately as he eyes a spot in Joachim Low’s Germany squad for Euro 2020.
Furthermore, David Moyes will be desperate to bolster his defence after their poor start to the season, losing their opening two matches against Newcastle and Arsenal.
West Ham conceded 62 goals last season to make them the league’s fifth-worst defence