​West Ham have reignited their interest in signing Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi, according to the ​Evening Standard.

The Belgian has been made to endure a bit-part role at Stamford Bridge this season, with Antonio Conte mostly sticking with a front three of Pedro, Diego Costa and Eden Hazard.

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It is widely believed that Batshuayi wasn't the choicest of transfers for Conte, but was brought in by Blues technical director Michael Emenalo as a long-term club project.

Despite his limited playing time, Batshuayi remains a favourite among the fans due to his social media presence. Many of them would love for him to be handed a bigger role in the side, yet that doesn't look like it will happen.

As such, the Hammers are said to be weighing up a loan move for the 23-year-old, who cost the Blues £32m when they bought him from French side Marseille last summer.

Slaven Bilic has had lots of difficulty with his forward positions this season, and is looking to strengthen in that area when the transfer window reopens.

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Andy Carroll's injury history is well documented, while Diafra Sakho has been battling his own fitness woes as well. Simone Zaza has already quit the club after an underwhelming spell, Jonathan Calleri has been no better at inspiring confidence, and Ashley Fletcher is not experienced enough.

Batshuayi, meanwhile, has done well with the little he's had this season, and has scored five times from two starts and additional substitute appearances. He certainly presents a great option for Bilic, and Conte seems like he would sanction a loan if it were all left up to him.

Kavan Flavius is a regular contributor to the Official Chelsea Guest Fan Blog, find him on Twitter@KavanFlavius.