Lampard on Rice


Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has confirmed West Ham statements there have been no talks between themselves and us for a potential Declan Rice switch.

Despite near daily reports that the Blues want our top man, Lampard has made it clear that it’s not at the top of any Stanford Bridge agenda.

He said recently: “Declan Rice is a good player and I’ve known him for a long time but there’s no talk”

And via a top CandH source the Hammers have again said the same declaring by e-mail: There’s absolutely nothing there – no talks. Nothing going on at all.”

A well worn story that Lampard is ready to offer near flop striker Michy Batsuhayi and Ross Barkley plus cash keep returning but the Hammers are well served in midfield now and the French striker has hardly been a major hit at the Blues with a three loan spells behind him since joining.

He is worth less than half the £40 million Chelsea paid for him whilst Barkley has been dismissed by the Hammers to CandH  by e mail as being “just a speculative media target.”

The Hammers want a minimum of £70 million for Declan who is also our captain-in-waiting with David Moyes  making it clear he wants to build the team around him and that any bid will need to be accompanied by an armoured card carrying Bank of England money!

Any Chelsea bid would rely totally on a departure from the club by N’Golo Kante!

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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  • Jersey Hammer says:

    It will have to be double 70 mil if Ricey was to go. Sick of the club selling players for half their worth. It has to stop! 120 mil at the very least plus Barclay. But it’s more important he stays and Moysey builds around him. As a footnote, if we ever did get in the same position as we did with Payet, we must never again cut the price to just get rid. No clubs do this but WHU! If a player really wants to go and the price isn’t matched, then he gets dropped and will need to train on his own. Anyway mild rant that doesn’t matter as Ricey staying put 😀

  • West Ham Fan No 32 says:

    Lampard has Kante, who is a better player than Rice at this moment in time, Jorginho and Kovacic plus Ruben Loftus-Cheek who could play the position, thats a lot of competition for a single place, if two of those were to be sold, maybe we would need to worry. Utd are a more likely destination than Chelski

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