West Ham were reportedly interested in signing Chelsea striker Dominic Solanke on loan until the end of the season during the January transfer window, but the move, just like approaches for Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Cesc Fabregas, failed to materialise.

Solanke’s contract at Chelsea was winding down and is due to expire at the end of the season, with the two parties at a stand-off over personal terms.

The London Evening Standard claim that Chelsea will allow one of their most highly-rated youth products in recent memory leave the club on a free transfer in summer as they refuse to meet his £50,000-a-week wage demands.

Chelsea refused to allow Solanke a loan move so he can get some much-needed first-team football unless he lowered his demands and signed a new long-term deal but it appears that that will not happen.

The 19-year-old rose through the ranks at Stamford Bridge and impressed out on loan with Vitesse Arnhem but has only made one career senior Chelsea appearance to date.

There have been rumours that West Ham were interested in signing Solanke on a free transfer at the end of the season for a nominal compensation fee, but whether that materialised remains to be seen.

In Ashley Fletcher and Toni Martinez, the Hammers already have two highly-rated forwards at the club who they can look to blood into the first-team in near future.

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