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Ornstein gives “unthinkable” Rice update

The Athletic’s journalist David Ornstein has given a major update on West Ham star Declan Rice’s future.

Rice has been heavily linked with Chelsea throughout the transfer window and the journalist took to YouTube to answer questions from fans, including one about the feasibility of the England international moving to Stamford Bridge.

He answered, insisting that there is unlikely to be a sale from the Hammers in this transfer window.

He said: “The view of the West Ham hierarchy, as I understand it, is that Rice is not for sale under any circumstances. Now you can immediately say ‘well, we’ve heard this sort of thing before from clubs, just take Leicester City for example with Ben Chilwell, similar noises were coming out of that club and then he ended up going to Chelsea, that Chelsea, especially in this transfer window, get whatever they want.’

“But others I’ve spoken to, who are very close to West Ham, say that their stance is true, that he will not be leaving, that it’s unthinkable in this transfer window, especially after the uproar from West Ham fans, and many throughout the game, after West Ham decided to sell their homegrown product, Grady Diangana, to West Brom.”

West Ham, of course, have long claimed that there have been no bids for the defensive midfielder, or even any enquiries.

Chelsea have enjoyed an incredible transfer window, signing the likes of Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner, Kai Havertz, and, as Ornstein mentioned, Chilwell from Leicester.

However, it does not appear that they will be able to secure Rice’s signature in this window, as they face up to their first disappointment of the summer market. What a shame for Frank Lampard.

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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.

5 comments on “Ornstein gives “unthinkable” Rice update

  1. If young Frank hasn’t got Chelsky in the top four and seriously challenging for the top by Christmas, I doubt that he will be in the position to get anybody’s signature.

  2. As a curious question maybe a poll for Sean to post if selling Rice ended in a fairly immediate sale of the club would it be a sacrifice worth taking yes or no ?

  3. Be an even bigger shame for Frank Lampard if he doesnt win anything with all the signings hes made.And i actually dont think they will.If they do pretty certain it wont be The Premier league and even more certain wont be The champions league..Wrong draws in Carabo and Fa cup -Whoops.

  4. If given up rice would make them sell I would take it in a heartbeat..starting again with new owners and investment would be ok for me because years have gone by with this lot and the only direction we have gone is backwards..

  5. I think that Rice might want to go to Chelsea but is a decent enough bloke not to throw his toys – at this stage of the transfer window and Moyes conservatism in the market we would struggle to replace him even with a “Bank of England” load of cash

    So we should just say that he is not for sale and he is under contract – all parties can then review the situation at the end of the season

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