Chelsea target Declan Rice worth £60m-plus, new transfer bid “only a matter of time” says ex-Hammer

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Former West Ham left-back Paul Konchesky believes it was massive for his old club to keep Declan Rice this summer, though it is only a matter of time before Chelsea or another big club come back in for him.

The ex-Hammer is a big fan of Rice and thinks the exciting young England international is likely to cost at least £60million whenever he does move on – an amount his club might find hard to turn down, but that others might well view as a potential bargain.

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Rice looks like he could be a great fit at Chelsea, who were strongly linked with him for much of the summer, including by Angelo Mangiante of Sky in the tweet below…

Konchesky, who spent two seasons at West Ham and scored for them in the 2006 FA Cup final, says it was massive for the club to keep Rice, but warned that another good season surely means he’ll be off to a big side in the near future.

“I think it’s a massive plus that they kept Declan, it’s like a new signing,” Konchesky told CaughtOffside.

“But I think the club know if they or Declan go on to having a good season, then maybe it’s only a matter of time before someone comes in to make a bid for him. At the minute I think you’d be looking at £60million-plus for him.”

Keeping Declan Rice has to go down as a big win for West Ham

Rice was one of many stand-out performers for David Moyes’ side as they earned an impressive win away to Leicester City last weekend, and Konchesky was also keen to single out Michail Antonio and Aaron Cresswell for praise.

“I think West Ham were superb all over the pitch and didn’t let Leicester get a chance to get into their rhythm,” the 39-year-old said. “I thought as a team West Ham were really good, but Antonio and Cresswell were, for me, the stand-out performers.”

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  1. What would be the point in 60mil for these owners, Rice’s value is only going to go up, he needs to be at least 80mil so he’s Chelsea’s record signing,

    Anderson was 40mil, Haller 45mil,

    It’s not a case of how much is he worth it’s how much is he worth to West Ham, I think he’s irreplaceable for us and 60mil will just get squandered,

    Hope Rice stays for years to come or at least doesn’t go back to Chelsea ?

  2. Not only better but younger Rice as much as it hurts me to say it, will move to a big club at some point . West ham where better than Leicester all over the pitch which is crazy as we seem to be regarded as relegation fodder but we need to play like that weekly.

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