According to a report by ‘transfer insider‘ Dean Jones, writing for Eurosport, Chelsea have performed a Declan Rice U-turn and now see Jude Bellingham as the ‘better buy’ – coming as a possible boost for West Ham United and David Moyes in their hopes of keeping the Englishman.
West Ham gifted possible Rice boost
Rice has been heavily linked with a move away from the London Stadium over the last year due to his fine form for the Hammers, evident by his impressive 2 interceptions and 1.9 tackles per game in the Premier League this season (WhoScored).
A consistent force in midfield, the 22-year-old is currently out due to injury as West Ham aim to mount a strong finish in their bid for a European qualifying spot.
As they seek to keep hold of Rice for the 2021/2022 season, Jones has shared news that Chelsea have now identified Bellingham as the ‘better buy’ – coming after former boss Frank Lampard was a real admirer of West Ham’s star midfielder.
A possible boost for Moyes, one Premier League giant appears to have diminished their interest in prising the Irons’ star asset away this summer.
Transfer Tavern take
Despite this good news, reports suggest the likes of Man United are still heavily in the running for Rice – with GSB and West Ham facing a possible fight to keep him.
One advantage the Hammers could hold is the unprecedented financial climate caused by coronavirus and any interested parties will have to invest very heavily.
The club are said to value Rice at around £100 million, and judging by this valuation, it appears West Ham appear very intent on keeping their man.
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