Cheikhou Kouyate out, Danny Drinkwater in: Potentially superb business from West Ham

Chelsea's Daniel Drinkwater in action during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 First Leg  match between Chelsea FC and FC Barcelona at Stamford Bridge on February 20, 2018 in London,...

West Ham United are reportedly interested in signing Chelsea's Danny Drinkwater.

West Ham United's Senegalese midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the English Premier League football match between West Ham United and Leicester...

According to a report from the Guardian, West Ham are on the verge of selling Cheikhou Kouyaté to Crystal Palace for around £11 million, whilst the Mirror claims that Chelsea's Danny Drinkwater features highly on Manuel Pellegrini's list of potential replacements for the Senegal international.

Kouyate has been a decent servant for the Hammers since joining from Anderlecht in the summer of 2014, but it is hard to argue that his exit, combined with Drinkwater's arrival at the London Stadium would be anything other than a major upgrade.


The 28-year-old joined Chelsea from Leicester in the summer of 2017, for a fee believed to be worth in the region of £35 million, but he was never really given a chance to shine under Antonio Conte.

If given the chance of playing regularly, Drinkwater would surely be a real hit at West Ham, and his passing ability, combined with his cool and composed nature when in possession of the football would undoubtedly help the Hammers improve upon the fluidity of their play through the middle of the park.

Danny Drinkwater of Chelsea during The Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round match between Chelsea and Hull City at Stamford Bridge on February 16, 2018 in London, England.

The Chelsea ace won the Premier League title with Leicester in 2016, and that kind of winning mentality would be a real asset to a West Ham team that currently lacks any kind of real winners.

Whether the Blues would entertain the idea of selling the 28-year-old midfielder to a London rival is unclear, but the Hammers should test their resolve nevertheless.

And if Pellegrini manages to bring Drinkwater to the London Stadium, in place of Kouyate, it would have to be considered as excellent business from West Ham.

David Edwards of Wolves battles  Danny Drinkwater of Leicester during the pre-season friendly match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Leicester City at Molineux on July 29, 2017 in...

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