According to a tweet from football journalist Fabrizio Romano (via @FabrizioRomano), West Ham are adamant that they will not sell Declan Rice in this transfer window but the player is pushing to join Chelsea.
The Blues have been linked with a potential £80m move for the 21-year-old throughout the summer but, as per Romano, have not yet made an official bid for him and may need to sell or loan players before they can bring him in.
Rice, who has nine caps for England, started every Premier League game for the Irons last season and the first two league matches of the current campaign, winning the club’s Hammer of the Year award for 2019/20 as David Moyes’ team narrowly avoided relegation from the top flight.
Will Declan Rice still be a West Ham player at the end of this transfer window?
Amid a mood of toxic discontent towards the club’s owners from many supporters, the Irons have begun the season with two league defeats and have a daunting set of fixtures coming up, with minimal incoming transfer activity thus far.
These West Ham fans on Twitter reacted glumly to Romano’s update and would not begrudge Rice a move to Chelsea if it goes through in the coming days:
Wouldn’t blame Dec one bit will always love and rate him he deserves the move
— Oliver Bruton ⚒ (@olliebruton) September 24, 2020
wake me up when he’s left i don’t want to experience this https://t.co/mmYQspWQmt
— Dom #GSBOUT ☭ (@WHUFCdom) September 24, 2020
Can’t blame him.
— 父 Dylan 父 (@Dylbec) September 24, 2020
Why would he be loyal to a club owned by a bunch of liars with no ambition when he’s got a club chasing him who actually want to be successful and challenge for major trophies? https://t.co/KOIi6Oozgv
— ryan (@smithy2786) September 24, 2020
And would you blame him
— Ivan Murphy (@ivanmurphy1970) September 24, 2020
To be fair who could blame him
— John Roberts (@JohnRob26145882) September 24, 2020
West Ham fans, are you resigned to losing Rice in this transfer window and how hard would he be to replace? Join in the discussion by commenting below!
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