Not sure if this is a legendary move, a foolish move, or just a flat out amusing move, but Fikayo Tomori apparently rejected West Ham’s loan offer at 22:50 local time on Monday, with just 10 minutes to spare before the 11pm transfer deadline.
So, just like Antonio Rüdiger, who had also rejected West Ham earlier in the day, the 22-year-old Tomori is set to stay with Chelsea for the season. Or at least until January. Or until either he or Rüdiger have a change of heart and figure out a loan to one of the other leagues where the window is still open. (There aren’t many great options, but the Championship is available until October 16, the Portuguese league until October 25, and the Eredivisie until tomorrow.)
Fikayo Tomori decided he didn’t want to go to West Ham at 22:50 tonight, with everything having been agreed between clubs, including a 'huge' loan fee.— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) October 5, 2020
According to Sky, West Ham’s offer included a “HUGE” fee, even. The tweet says “loan fee”, website says “agent fee” — either one points to the decision to stay being entirely Big Fik’s.
So, sounds like he’s backing himself to win minutes with Chelsea, which is certainly a great attitude, but he will certainly have his work cut out for him, especially as Lampard was quite pleased with the Kurt Zouma-Thiago Silva partnership from this past weekend.