Cesc Fabregas is still odds-on to leave Chelsea in January, though it looks more and more unlikely that he’ll be going to West Ham.
Ladbrokes have him leaving the club in the next transfer window at 4/6, with Antonio Conte handing him just one start in the league all season.
As the Hammers seek to bolster their ailing midfield, it seemed they could have been the perfect club at which he could revive his Premier League career.
However, according to the Daily Star, the Spaniard is only willing to leave Stamford Bridge to join a top European club.
Equally, the Blues are reluctant to lend him to another English club, though on current form, West Ham are hardly going to be rivalling them in the top four.
AC Milan have been linked with the former Arsenal and Barcelona World Cup winner, and Chelsea are potentially even going to subsidise his wages to make a deal happen.
Complicating matters is the fact that Fabregas believes he can force his way back into Conte’s side, but it may well be that the club themselves have to force his hand.