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Report: West Ham sticking to £80 million Declan Rice price-tag

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Report: West Ham sticking to £80 million Declan Rice price-tag

West Ham United look unlikely to budge from their pre-lockdown valuation if midfielder Declan Rice amid interest from his former club Chelsea. 

The England international was a youth team player with the Blues and remains best friends with Mason Mount but joined West Ham after being let go by their London rivals. 

He has since blossomed into a fine Premier League player and Frank Lampard is seemingly desperate to bring Rice back to Stamford Bridge. 

Sky Sports recently reported that West Ham would ‘laugh off’ any bid for the player at a value of £50 million.

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND – JULY 05:(Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Now, according to The Times, it is reported that West Ham will not entertain any offers for less than £80 million. 

 

The report claims West Ham have already rejected a swap deal involving Michy Batshuayi and Ross Barkley heading in the other direction. 

West Ham, essentially, have no interest in selling Rice and the £80 million price-tag appears to be a ceremonial hands-off value. 

The Hammers are clearly looking to build their team around Rice and selling him to Chelsea this summer does not appear to be an option.

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