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Perfect partner for Rice: Pellegrini should land £5.4m-rated CB to boost European ambitions

The West Ham United fans were delighted by the progress made by Declan Rice last season, and they are hoping he will continue to grow as the club enter a new era under Manuel Pellegrini. 

West Ham’s 19-year-old academy product completed his first full season as a senior player during the 2017/18 campaign in which he made 34 appearances in all-competitions as both a centre-back and a centre-midfielder. The vast majority of his performances – and certainly his best ones – arrived in defence where his excellent ability to read the game was put to good use.

Considering the progress he has made so far, it’s likely that he will become a key figure in Pellegrini’s plans for the new season, although he could face fresh competition for a starting berth according to the Daily MirrorAccording to the report, West Ham are interested in signing Burnley’s James Tarkowski this summer after he completed a remarkably impressive campaign with the Clarets – earning a place on the standby list for England’s World Cup squad in the process.

The Hammers interest in Tarkowski (valued at £5.4 million by Transfermarkt) is certainly well-placed, and if they are successful in their pursuit then they could be set to hand Rice a perfect long-term centre-back partner. Burnley’s lynchpin is not only defensively assured and a physically commanding presence within their back-four, but he is also confident in possession and an effective distributor of the ball.

Rice could learn a lot from playing alongside a player of Tarkowski’s calibre, and together they could eventually establish a formidable pairing at the heart of West Ham’s defence.

Pellegrini has a huge task on his hands in attempting to transform West Ham into a Europa League contender next season, but signing Tarkowski would represent the perfect place to start on his quest for improvement.

West Ham fans – thoughts? Let us know below!

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