Chelsea have indicated that they are open to terminating Callum Hudson-Odoi’s contract at Stamford Bridge, presenting West Ham United with a promising transfer opportunity this summer, relays the WHZ. The young winger, who came through the ranks of Chelsea’s academy, had a loan spell at Bayer Leverkusen last season in hopes of gaining regular playing time. However, he struggled to make an impact, scoring just once in 21 appearances across all competitions.
Several Premier League clubs, including West Ham United, have expressed interest in acquiring Hudson-Odoi’s services. The winger is expected to hold discussions with Mauricio Pochettino regarding his future, as reported by CBS journalist Ben Jacobs in his Caught Offside substack column. The Guardian also stated that West Ham United is monitoring the situation and prioritizing a move for Harvey Barnes, while it could cost around £15 million to secure Hudson-Odoi’s transfer from Chelsea.
In a surprising turn of events, Chelsea is now offering Hudson-Odoi a potential exit plan. According to London World, the club has asked the young winger to consider a reduction in his £120,000-per-week wages if he wishes to compete for a place under new manager Pochettino. However, the club has also presented an alternative option: if Hudson-Odoi agrees to halve his wages, Chelsea would pay him the remaining amount and terminate his contract, allowing him to join another club of his choice as a free agent.
West Ham United, facing a significant squad rebuild due to the anticipated departures of key players like Declan Rice, Michail Antonio, and Tomas Soucek, may be tempted to invest in new signings. One area that requires attention is the attacking positions, including the striker role and wide positions. With a substantial budget expected from the potential sale of Rice for over £100 million to Arsenal, the West Ham United board is open to exploring free transfer opportunities. Callum Hudson-Odoi fits the profile of the player David Moyes is looking to recruit as he aims to rebuild the team in East London.
For Hudson-Odoi, who is eager to revive his career following challenging spells in Germany and back at Chelsea, the opportunity to make a fresh start may be best realized at the London Stadium with West Ham United.