Date: 9th January 2021 at 2:30pm
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Football.london reporter Sam Inkersole has been speaking on a recent Twitter video about transfer news for many London-based Premier League sides.

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One of the teams that he spent some time covering was West Ham United, and the main topic that he focused on for the Hammers was Declan Rice.

Chelsea have reportedly wanted Rice since the last transfer window, but the Hammers are said to have slapped an £80m price tag on the England international.

Inkersole, therefore, provided an update on what might happen to Rice in this transfer window, and it looks like it is good news for the Hammers.

He said: “The rumours are going to be there for the next three weeks; it’s not going to go away.

“The reality of the situation is it’s not going to happen this month.

“In the summer, then I think it will be a little bit different.

“West Ham are having a good season at the moment; they don’t need to sell Declan Rice, so why would they?

“I think it’s fair to say he’s a generational talent at the club; they don’t need to get rid of him; he’s their best player.

Are you pleased with this news?

Yes, Rice has been fantastic

Yes, Rice has been fantastic

No, we should sell him

No, we should sell him

TIF Thoughts on Rice’s situation…

The 21-year-old has played mainly as a defensive midfielder this season, but Frank Lampard sees him as a centre-back, and he can play there, having featured as a centre-back for the Hammers on 19 occasions.

Rice has also had a very good season, turning in a solid average rating of 6.98 from his 17 league appearances, so you can see why Chelsea are interested.

However, it looks like he will be staying with David Moyes’ team for now, and we think that can only be a good thing for the Hammers, who sit in tenth place, only three points off the top six.

So, we will be interested to see how Rice does for the rest of the season and also where West Ham finish in the league.