Steve Nicol urges Chelsea to sign West Ham star Declan Rice to unleash Timo Werner and Kai Havertz

Liverpool hero Steve Nicol has urged Chelsea manager Frank Lampard to sign West Ham midfielder Declan Rice to help unleash Timo Werner and potential new signing Kai Havertz.

The Blues have been heavily linked with a summer move for Rice, who came through Chelsea’s academy and is valued at £80million by West Ham.

  1. Former Liverpool and Scotland defender Nicol believes the move ‘makes sense’ for both parties and says Rice can help Chelsea’s formidable attacking unit.

Lampard secured a deal for Germany striker Werner last month and is now pursuing a move for fellow Bundesliga star Havertz.

‘I think [a move for Declan Rice] makes sense,’ Nicol told ESPN FC.

‘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.

West Ham value Rice at around £80m
West Ham value Rice at around £80m (Picture: Getty)
‘So listen, it makes sense because Declan Rice is a great player, he’s maturing and getting better season after season.

‘I don’t think he’s quite hit his peak yet but this would make complete sense to me for Chelsea and I think for Declan Rice as well.’

Last month, former Liverpool and England star John Barnes urged Manchester United to sign Rice, who has excelled for West Ham this season.

He told BonusCodeBets: ‘Regarding the ongoing transfer rumours on Declan Rice, I am not sure that he would come into Manchester United and take over that defensive midfield role, especially as Nemanja Matic has recently signed a two-year contract.

‘However, United must look to the future and Rice is a good young English player and would be a good signing for United.

‘Of course, he’s a West Ham player and from his own point of view if he must move on, I think Manchester United would be a good place for him.

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