West Ham are unlikely to successfully complete a move for Chelsea centre-back Antonio Rudiger, according to Claret and Hugh.

The Germany international’s deal at Stamford Bridge expires at the end of the season, but it is understood that the Hammers are not among the frontrunners to secure his services should he leave.

That’s because Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Real Madrid and AC Milan have all shown an interest in securing his services and would offer him Champions League football.

Outside chance

From the outset, it always seemed like a tough one to convince the 28-year-old to leave for the London Stadium.

He’s a player touted by some of Europe’s super clubs and for West Ham to sign him, they would have to do something miraculous.

That said, should a couple of teams cool their interest in him, then the door could open for the Hammers to make a move.

They desperately need to sign a defender in January and Chelsea would want to cash in on him if he is unwilling to pen an extension.

Thomas Tuchel labelled him an “outstanding” player after working with him at the club and is understood to rate him highly.

However, if the player has made up his mind to move, then there’s little the German can do to convince him.

In other West Ham news, an attacker the Hammers want to sign has been left out of the matchday squad, potential January move seems to be on the cards 

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