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West Ham still hopeful of Ross Barkley loan from Chelsea due to Euro 2020

David Moyes has not given up on luring Ross Barkley to West Ham from Chelsea this month.

A loan bid has already been rejected this month and the Blues are keen to keep the midfielder around for the second half of the campaign.

While Barkley has struggled with injuries and game time in general this season, Frank Lampard still values him highly in the squad.

The 26-year-old played the full 90 minutes of Chelsea’s 3-0 Premier League victory at home to Burnley last Saturday and he also scored in the FA Cup third round win over Nottingham Forest the week before.

Barkley, though, may struggle to still get consistent minutes in the second half of the campaign.

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And the Mirror say Moyes is clinging to hope the 26-year-old will try to pursue an opportunity for first-team football across the capital ahead of Euro 2020.

The Hammers boss coached Barkley at Everton and still feels a reunion in east London is not out of the question.

If Barkley pushes through a loan away from Chelsea , West Ham could snap him up before the end of the month.

The Blues’ stance may yet change depending on how their business goes over the next fortnight.

And should Barkley show a desire to get guaranteed football elsewhere ahead of the international tournament this summer, Chelsea may be forced to let him go.

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Gareth Southgate is still weighing up his squad for Euro 2020, and Barkley will have strong competition for a place as he is up against the likes of James Maddison, Jack Grealish and Dele Alli among others.

If he is without regular football in England’s top flight, Southgate would certainly shy away from picking the Chelsea man.

When asked about the former Goodison Park star in his press conference yesterday, though, Moyes refused to delve into details over a potential switch.

Ahead of West Ham’s Premier League visit from Everton tomorrow (3pm), Moyes said: “The one thing I will never do is talk about players at other clubs, not to upset other managers and it's wrong to do so.

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“Anything we think will improve our side we will be interested to try and bring in.”

Moyes is keen to recruit younger, hungrier players at the London Stadium with something to prove and has his eye on a midfielder, a forward and a right-back.

The Hammers failed to land Gedson Fernandes from Benfica on loan, losing out to Tottenham, but they did finally secure the return of goalkeeper Darren Randolph from Middlesbrough for £4m earlier this week.

He could make his second West Ham debut as soon as tomorrow with Lukas Fabianski sidelined for the next couple of weeks.

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