Chelsea interested in signing Declan Rice from West Ham | Football News

By Lyall Thomas

Last Updated: 23/03/20 3:56pm

Declan Rice is wanted by Chelsea

Chelsea are interested in signing Declan Rice from West Ham.

The Blues are keen to strengthen with a defensive midfielder if the transfer window goes ahead this summer and are admirers of the England international.

Rice, 21, is also close friends with Chelsea’s attacking midfielder Mason Mount and the pair have already impressed together for the national side.

Declan Rice is close friends with Chelsea attacking midfielder Mason Mount

Mount was recently forced to apologise for playing football with Rice at a north London centre while he was supposed to be self-isolating, after team-mate Callum Hudson Odoi was diagnosed with coronavirus.

Former Republic of Ireland youth international Rice has been a consistent figure for West Ham and bagged two assists in 29 Premier League appearances before football was suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic.

He would not come cheap, with four years left on his West Ham contract and the option of a further year’s extension.

5:43 Chelsea’s Mason Mount and West Ham’s Declan Rice talk to Soccer Saturday about their friendship, as…