England defender Fikoyo Tomori could be used as part of a deal to bring Declan Rice back to Chelsea.
Manager Frank Lampard is looking to address his defence, having strengthened his midfield and attack, and his number one target is Rice, who was a Chelsea academy kid until he was leased when he was 14, joining West Ham instead.
He has made most of his appearances for the Hammers in midfield, but Lampard plans to use him in the centre of defence.
Rice is valued at up to £70 million, and Chelsea may be ready to send Tomori the other way, to offset the price that must be paid to the East Londoners.
Tomori played for Lampard on loan at Derby County last year, and had a strong start to the season, making 14 appearances and earning an England debut against Kosovo. However, he has since fallen out of favour, and made just three senior appearances this calendar year.
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