Chelsea keeping close tabs with 21-year-old England international

Liverpool hero Steve Nicol has urged Blues boss Frank Lampard to sign Hammers star Declan Rice to help unleash Timo Werner and possible new addition Kai Havertz. Chelsea have been strongly linked with a summer move for England international, who came through Blues academy and is valued at £80m by West Ham United.

Former Liverpool and Scotland defender Nicol believes the move ‘makes sense’ for both sides and says Declan can help the London giants formidable attacking unit. The English manager secured a deal for Germany centre-forward Werner last month and is now pursuing a move for fellow Bundesliga playmaker Havertz.

‘I think a move for Declan Rice makes sense,’ Nicol said. ‘I think when you already have N’Golo Kante, if you bring Declan Rice in then you can play all the forwards that seem to be either at Chelsea right now or are going to Chelsea, and by that I mean the likes of Timo Werner who’s there and it seems like Kai Havertz is going to be there as well.’

‘You can play those two, Declan Rice and N’Golo Kante, as two defensive midfielders and let another four ahead of them get after it in the attack.’ He said: ‘Regarding the ongoing transfer rumours on Declan Rice, I am not sure that he would come into Manchester United.’

‘If he over that defensive midfield role, especially as Nemanja Matic has recently signed a two-year deal. However, Man United must look to the future and Rice is a good young English player and would be a good signing for United.’