Chelsea determined to sign 21-year-old Premier League midfielder

The London giants hopes of landing West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice this summer have been given a boost with the Hammers seriously considering cashing in on the footballer, according to reports.

England international has enjoyed another impressive season and has been identified by Blues manager as a possible solution to Chelsea’s defensive woes, with Frank Lampard looking to convert him back into a centre-back.

Hammers have always been adamant that Declan who was named Hammer of the Year this campaign, is not for sale, but that stance appears to be softening. Hammers have been hit hard by the covid-19 crisis and must sell footballers to raise funds to invest in the club.

While they would still rather keep Rice and sell other less important footballers instead, they will now listen to any offers that get close to their £70m price tag.

Hammers were hoping to sell the likes of Manuel Lanzini, Felipe Anderson and Fabian Balbuena before letting the 21-year-old midfielder go, but so far have received no offers for their surplus-to-requirements footballers.

David Moyes is keen to be active in the transfer market this summer, targeting QPR’s Eberechi Eze and Brentford winger Said Benrahma, but as things stand Hammers simply do not have the funds to make additions.

With the new campaign only a month away and pre-season beginning even sooner, Hammers could be forced to cash in on the English midfielder if the right offer comes in to allow them to bolster the squad. Frank Lampard has already welcomed new Blues additions Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech to Stamford Bridge this summer.