Chelsea in talks with London rivals for £60m striker

According to the Daily Express, Chelsea and West Ham are in talks over a possible deal for Alvaro Morata.

The two sides held talks over the player over the summer before it was decided he would be given a chance to prove his worth under new manager.

The Spain international disappointed during his debut season in Premier League, and it’s suggested the Hammers hoped to lure him across the British capital on either a temporary or a permanent basis.

However, it is reported a possible deal could be resurrected in January with 25-year-old striker, not a sure-fire starter under Maurizio Sarri and the head coach leaning towards starting with French centre-forward Olivier Giroud up front.

Uncertainty over No.29 future comes after the Italian manager admitted he is assessing his attacking options on a game-by-game basis.

“On Saturday Oliver played very well,” he said. “Without scoring but he was very useful for his team-mates.

“In the last two weeks I have seen four matches of Cardiff and four matches of PAOK Salonika, and I thought Giroud was more suitable for the Cardiff match and Morata for the other.

“So I don’t know who will be the striker of the future, but I think both because we have to play 60 matches. In characteristics they are different, and it depends on the kind of match.”