Chelsea handed boost in Declan Rice pursuit as West Ham may be forced to sell him to fund summer signings

West Ham reportedly may have to sell Declan Rice if they are to buy any players this summer.

The Hammers are reluctant to sell their star player with manager David Moyes keen to keep hold of the versatile midfielder.

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Declan Rice has been a standout star for West Ham

Moyes revealed earlier this week that there had been no offers for the England international.

He said: “At the moment there have been no offers for Declan and we don’t want any. There’s always interest but we don’t want to encourage it.”

The Sun report that West Ham may find it difficult to turn down any offers in the region of £70million.

Chelsea currently lead the race for the 21-year-old as Frank Lampard looks to overhaul his squad ahead of the 2020/21 season.

Declan Rice was even used as a centre-back this season for West Ham

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Declan Rice was even used as a centre-back this season for West Ham

The news that the Hammers may be open to selling Rice will be a welcome boost for the Blues as it is a change in stance from their previous position.

Moyes may be forced into selling the defensive midfielder if he wants to land any of his summer targets.

The Hammers have been linked with moves for QPR’s Eberechi Eze and Brentford forward Said Benrahma.

Moyes’ comments this week suggested that transfer funds would be limited.

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He said: “We would like to strengthen in a lot of areas. We’re lacking in defensive cover. We’re also looking to see who could move on, because that could change the direction we take during the transfer window.

“The owners have spent a lot of money in the last few years and I’m not sure a similar amount will be available this time. Whatever there is, though, we will spend it wisely.

“We’re trying to bring in a younger group but we will also need a couple of experienced players. Central defenders are usually better when they’re more experienced.”

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