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Frank Lampard and Declan Rice were filmed together after yesterday’s final whistle, amid speculation linking the West Ham midfielder to Chelsea.
According to the TelegraphRice is Lampard’s number one transfer target, with West Ham demanding a fee in the region of £ 80 million in exchange for the midfielder. That hasn’t discouraged Lampard, according to the report.
It’s hard to imagine that Rice would turn down a trade to Chelsea as well. He played with the Blues Academy as a child, is close friends with Mason Mount, and seemed quite anxious after last night’s game.
When Lampard showed his respect to the match officials after the match, Rice addressed the Chelsea manager directly, high-fiving the pair.
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The January market is often tough when it comes to closing deals, especially when doing business with a club like West Ham, which doesn’t need a lot of money and would be reluctant to lose Rice mid-season.
However, if Chelsea offers what the Telegraph believes to be Rice’s asking price, £ 80 million, then you have to think that the Hammers would take it and run.