Fikayo Tomori could have been a West Ham United player for the season, but the center-back decided to decline the transfer, minutes before the transfer deadline.
Monday saw a long day of ongoing transactions and many more almost underway, but not quite. Chelsea looked likely to lose a center-back and Antonio Rudiger is expected to leave the club.
When the German decided to stay at Stamford Bridge, it was reported that Tomori could be the man to leave West London with a temporary deal.
Sky Sports reported that West Ham has stepped in for the 22-year-old and fans are waiting for an update on whether he has signed.
After the 11 p.m. deadline passed, Sky reported that the deal had been made between the clubs with the Hammers paying a hefty loan fee, but Tomori rejected the decision at 10:50 p.m.
Fikayo Tomori has decided he doesn’t want to go to West Ham at 10.50pm tonight, with everything agreed between the clubs, including “huge” loan fees.
– Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) October 5, 2020
David Moyes wanted to sign a return center to his side for the entire transfer window, and that was his priority signing.
They tried to sign James Tarkowski from Burnley but Sean Dyche didn’t want him to leave and the club demanded £ 50million, a sum West Ham refused to pay.
Wesley Fofana was another target for the club, but instead moved to Leicester City, while Daniele Rugani and several others were also linked.
The inability to sign Tomori, simply because the player wouldn’t budge, will sting Moyes and his team despite having a good start to the season.
Club fans were annoyed by the departure of youngster Grady Diangana and the club did not use the money to make signings with only right-back Vladimir Coufal having joined this summer.
Tomori had a huge breakout season on loan at Derby County in 2018/19, when Frank Lampard was in charge of the Championship club, and played regularly last season for the Blues upon his return to the club.
He has played 15 times in the league and 22 in total, with Chelsea finishing in the top four, but only made one league appearance this season.