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Moyes full of praise for 'talented' Billy Gilmour, and laughs off Declan Rice links to Chelsea

David Moyes has named Chelsea’s Billy Gilmour as the Scottish player he would most like to sign following the midfielder’s impressive emergence at Stamford Bridge.

The West Ham manager has been discussing the future of the Scotland national team and was asked which of his compatriots he would most like to sign, naming Chelsea teenager Gilmour as his choice despite the teenager’s limited first-team action.

Gilmour made a huge impression after being handed his opportunity by Frank Lampard earlier this season, starring in the Blues’ FA Cup victory over Liverpool in March before being named as Man of the Match on his full Premier League debut against Everton.

The 18-year-old’s displays have won plenty of admirers – most notably from the hard-to-please Roy Keane – and Hammers’ boss Moyes admits he has also been impressed by the ‘really talented’ youngster’s early showings.

“The one who, if I can sign tomorrow, would be Billy Gilmour after what I’ve seen from his opening performances,” Moyes told BBC Scotland’s Scottish football podcast.

“He’s looked like a season pro, he’s looked like someone who is hungry, he looks as if he’s in love with the game. I’m gonna say he’s typical of what my memories are of what Scottish players were like going back many, many years.

“There were always good players and really talented football players as well and at the moment, in the short period I’ve seen him, Billy Gilmour has looked that all day long and I hope so because we need to start getting a Scottish national team which gives us some hope.

“But he’s certainly a really talented little player.”

Moyes also laughed off suggestions West Ham midfielder Declan Rice could join Gilmour in the Chelsea midfield next season, the England international – who previously spent time in the west London side’s youth academy – having been linked with a big-money return to Stamford Bridge this summer.

“I was laughing because I keep getting told about Chelsea wanting Declan Rice,” Moyes added. “And I thought I might just decide I want Billy Gilmour then and see how it goes!”

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