Drinkwater could leave Chelsea this summer
Danny Drinkwater was one of the summer signings last year by Chelsea from Leicester City and was brought to re-establish his Premier League-winning midfield partnership with Kanté.
But Drinkwater is growing frustrated at his bit-part role at Chelsea under Antonio Conte and will consider his future at the end of the season after finding opportunities increasingly limited.
The England midfielder was bought for £35 million on deadline day in August having made clear his desire to move. He had even submitted a transfer request to force through the deal, only to succumb to a calf injury on his arrival.
He was unable to play at all until the end of October and, having endured other niggling injuries and illness in the period since, has made only five Premier League starts. Cesc Fabregas, N’Golo Kante and Tiémoué Bakayoko are preferred ahead of him by the Italian. His last appearance came against Manchester City 5 weeks ago.
With Conte likely to leave at the end of the season and the Blues targeting Nice midfielder Jean Micheal Seri, Drinkwater could seek a move away this summer.
West Ham are interested in signing Drinkwater reports The Sun. They report that the midfielder could be a realistic signing should West Ham nab Leicester’s head of recruitment Eduardo Macia.
The Hammers are understood to be keen on making Macia their director of football as they plan a major overhaul of the club.