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West Ham midfielder Declan Rice

Declan Rice on Chelsea radar as Lampard eyes a defensive midfield reinforcement

Chelsea are considering a move for West Ham’s Declan Rice as Frank Lampard seeks reinforcements in defensive midfield this summer.

The England midfielder is regarded as one of the most promising young talents in the Premier League and has drawn admiring glances from across the capital, Chelsea reportedly keen on a player who previously spent time in their youth system before being released.

Rice subsequently signed for West Ham and has worked his way through the club’s academy ranks, making his first-team debut three years ago and going on to make over 100 appearances in all competitions.

The 21-year-old has also earned seven senior caps for Gareth Southgate’s England squad, following the midfielder’s change of allegiance from the Republic of Ireland to the Three Lions.

According to Sky Sports, Lampard will now make a move for the youngster should the transfer window go ahead as planned, football’s schedule currently uncertain at present amid the outbreak of the coronavirus.

Rice, who has also attracted the attentions of Manchester United, currently has four years remaining on his contract at the London Stadium with the option of a further year, and the Hammers will demand a substantial fee if they are to part with their prized asset.

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