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Moyes hints at new Rice role

David Moyes has hinted that Declan Rice could well be used in defence amid the club’s ongoing injury crisis.

Kurt Zouma and Angelo Ogbonna are both out for a significant period, leaving the Hammers remarkably light in central defence.

With the January transfer window looming, it seems inevitable that the Irons will attempt to sign a new centre-back, either permanently or on loan.

Rice has history of playing at centre-back for the Hammers, and Moyes was asked about the prospect of the England international shifting into the back four ahead of the clash with Burnley.

The boss admits that the Irons would lose “something” in the centre of the pitch, but he believes that it is a viable option for the Irons.

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Speaking to reporters, he said: “We certainly lose something in midfield but maybe we might have more midfield players than we do defenders at the moment so Declan is certainly a consideration for that and he can play there as well.

“He would give us a lot of plusses if we play at the back, we’d build better. I think we did it last year at Tottenham last year and we missed him in midfield so wherever Declan plays he’s really important.”

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About Dave Langton

A journalist with 10 years' experience of working on National newspapers, now chief reporter covering the club that I've loved since I was a boy. Upton Park remains the greatest football stadium ever built.