Lamps to get his man? Hammers urged to sell £80 million Rated Rice to Chelsea this summer

Adrian Durham reckons West Ham should seriously considering selling Declan Rice to Chelsea to sign Burnley defender James Tarkowski.

The England international Rice made his 100th league appearance for the Hammers last Saturday in their season opener against Newcastle, which they lost 2-0, but he is regarded as one of the finest holding midfielders in the game.

It is no secret that Chelsea are interested in trying to get a deal done by the end of the transfer window, but have been put off by that massive £80 million asking price that West Ham have placed on the head of Rice.

However, Durham reckons West Ham should seriously considering selling Declan Rice to Chelsea to sin Tarkowski, who they are very interested in but may not hand the funds to wrap up a transfer deal.

He told the TalkSport website: “The thing is Declan Rice is a good player – I do like him,” Durham said of the former Chelsea academy star.

“Maybe some people think he’s better than what he actually is, but I do like him.

“I do think he’s an England standard player and he is one of West Ham’s better players – you could argue that he’s their best player.

“But is he a match-winner on his own? Can they do without him? And I think the answer to that is yes.

“And if they do get a lot of money in for him and they do spend it wisely on the players [David] Moyes thinks will make West Ham’s first team better than I think that it’s got to be a consideration.

“The story was last week is that they wanted [James] Tarkowski and they could get him for what £50m? That’s what Burnley were talking about.

“They could maybe get him for a little bit less than that.

“If you sell Declan Rice and you sell Tarkowski then you’ve got some money left over then I think that’s got to represent a positive deal for West Ham United.”

Lets see how this plays out, but Rice needs to make that step up.

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