CHELSEA star Fikayo Tomori snubbed a loan move to West Ham just TEN MINUTES before the deadline to fight for a spot under Frank Lampard.
The two clubs had agreed to a loan fee and the division of wages – with the deal on the brink of going through.
But Tomori, 22, decided at 10.50pm he would prefer to stay and fight for a spot at Stamford Bridge.
It was a major, late blow to West Ham, who also missed out on two other top defensive targets in James Tarkowski and Antonio Rudiger.
Tomori was a huge part of Lampard‘s team at Derby in 2018-19.
And when the former Rams chief took over in West London, Tomori started off as first-choice defender.
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But Tomori suddenly faded from Lampard’s plans – and has featured just once in the Premier League this season, in the 2-0 loss at home to Liverpool.
Tomori played 22 times for Chelsea in all competitions last season but played just ONCE after the turn of the year.
The one-cap England star was also on the radar of Everton this summer.
However, Carlo Ancelotti cooled his interest as the Toffees chief focused on his midfield and attacking ranks.
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Meanwhile, Chelsea missed out on one of their top targets, Declan Rice, with the Hammers standing firm all summer.
Lampard had made it clear he wanted to sign the ex-Blues youngster to play in the heart of defence, rather than as a defensive midfielder.
Elsewhere, the Stamford Bridge side loaned out Ruben Loftus-Cheek to neighbours Fulham in a bid to help the England man recapture his top form.
Loftus-Cheek has struggled to find his feet since recovering from an Achilles injury sustained in May 2019 against New England Revolution.
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