According to a report by Goal correspondent Nizaar Kinsella, Chelsea are still refusing to give up the chase for West Ham United star Declan Rice – with the west Londoners, apparently ‘buoyed’ by their last transfer window, still hot on his tail as January looms.
Rice, who is regarded as the Hammers’ most valuable asset, also recently opened up over his future at the London Stadium – dropping a hint that he is open to leaving as the midfield titan seeks to win silverware.
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Alongside Czech Republic international Tomas Soucek, the England international has been a colossus in David Moyes’ midfield – with the duo playing every Premier League match since the start of the 2020/2021 campaign (WhoScored).
As news of Chelsea’s continued interest emerges, and with January looming, losing Rice could come as a potentially massive blow to West Ham – even despite the lofty fee which they could receive for his services.
Acting as a midfield general, the 21-year-old appears to only be on an upward trajectory at such a young age – and the Hammers face losing him in January with little back up coming in if he were to leave.
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Indeed, in that scenario, fan favourite and club icon Mark Noble would have to step back into midfield unless GSB fund the pursuit of the last minute successor in January.
Taking this into account, Rice’s potential departure could spell danger for Moyes and co as they attempt to reach lofty heights – with the club currently sitting in a Europa League place.
Time will tell whether the club does lose him, but this update indicates that it is still a firm possibility.
In other news: West Ham look set to offer this maestro a new deal, find out more here.
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