West Ham United have not given up on their pursuit of Chelsea midfielder Conor Gallagher despite seeing an opening bid rejected.
The west Londoners have rejected an offer from the Hammers worth an initial £37 million, with a further £3m in add-ons.
The Hammers have received encouragement that Gallagher, who has been heavily linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge, would be potentially open to joining them.
The former Crystal Palace loanee has two years left on his contract with Chelsea, and the Blues are open to tying him down to a new long-term deal.
Gallagher has also spoken about his desire to remain at his boyhood club beyond this summer as he finds the prospect of playing under Mauricio Pochettino appealing.
However, a departure has not been ruled out by either Chelsea or Gallagher and if a deal can be struck between the Blues and West Ham, the final decision will come down to the player.
Gallagher has been on Chelsea’s books for the last 17 years, having come through the youth ranks before establishing himself in the first team.
Tottenham Hotspur have also registered an interest in the 23-year-old midfielder, who has been identified as a potential replacement for Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.
However, it remains to be seen if Chelsea will be willing to sell to a rival after sanctioning deals for Kai Havertz and Mason Mount to Arsenal and Manchester United, respectively.
West Ham are also interested in Man United midfielder Scott McTominay and are pushing to sign Southampton captain James Ward-Prowse.
The Hammers are in the market for a replacement for Declan Rice, who has joined Arsenal in a £105m transfer.
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