West Ham unable to lure Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien from clutches of AC Milan

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West Ham have tried and failed to hijack AC Milan's move for Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien.

Chelsea turned down the Hammers' approach, which involved a loan move until the end of the season, because they preferred to finalise a permanent deal for the midfielder.

Essien is expected to seal a switch to the Serie A giants having only made five Premier League appearances under Jose Mourinho this season.

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