Another Chelsea player is heading out on loan, to spend the 2015-16 season away from Stamford Bridge. This time, it's Nigerian forward Victor Moses, who will be spending the campaign in London, with West Ham United. There was some late interest from Spurs as well, but no gazumping was forthcoming in the end. According to Sky News, West Ham have paid a loan fee of £2.5m and they're picking up all of Moses's £70k weekly wages.
For Moses, this will be the third straight season he's spent playing for a Premier League rival, while still being under contract with Chelsea. Two seasons ago, it was a semi-disastrous spell with Liverpool (in which Moses was a hilarious Gerrard slip away from a Premier League winner's medal), before an extremely successful campaign with Mark Hughes at Stoke City. With West Ham, he'll probably have a fairly straightforward route to regular minutes, like he did last season with the Potters.
In addition to heading out on loan, a new long-term Chelsea contract has been confirmed for Moses. While this is a bit confusing, given that this is the third straight season in which he's failed to crack Jose Mourinho's squad, it's probably not a poor decision until Greg Dyke's ridiculous proposal to change Premier League squad composition is officially tossed onto the compost heap. The club can always sell later...
Regardless, best of luck with West Ham, Victor. Help take some points from Manchester City for us. Meanwhile, on the home front, this should mean more playing time for youngsters like Kenedy and maybe Bertrand Traoré, too.
Delighted to sign a new deal at Chelsea and now looking forward to a good season with West Ham pic.twitter.com/6PNruouDsd
— Victor Moses (@VictorMoses) September 1, 2015