Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi could snub a loan move to Swansea City, with West Ham reportedly emerging as the favourites to sign him temporarily.
The Blues' have apparently approached the Swans' over their own loan deal to bring Spanish hitman Fernando Llorente to Stamford Bridge, which was thought to pave the way for Batshuayi to move in the opposite direction.
But it is now being reported by the Mirror that Slaven Bilic's men are in pole position to sign the Belgian striker, which could throw a spanner in the works regarding the Llorente deal - if Swansea can't be guaranteed Batshuayi, a deal to let the 31-year-old leave could be scuppered.
The paper claims the former Marseille striker would prefer to move to the Hammers, who apparently made an approach for the player ahead of the January transfer window.
Batshuayi has played second fiddle to the red-hot Diego Costa this season after sealing his £32m move from France. He has failed to start a single game in the Premier League and the last couple of months have seen speculation about his future intensify.
Costa has fired 14 Premier League goals so far this season to lead the way in the race for the Golden Boot, in an amazing turnaround by a player who was much-maligned last season.
Antonio Conte did start Batshuayi against Peterborough in the third round of the FA Cup on Sunday, a game in which he scored, but it is understood that the player will still leave the club in January on a temporary basis.
Conte knows Swansea's Llorente well after signing him as Juventus manage back in 2014. The pair enjoyed a successful season and went on to lift the Serie A title and could serve as a reason why the Italian wants a reunion.