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Chelsea to bid for Rice

Chelsea may have spent more than £200 million in the transfer market this summer, but they may not have finished just yet.

Now they are hoping to exploit West ham’s desperate need for cash by buying Declan Rice from them on the cheap before the window closes.

West Ham co-owner David Sullivan earlier this week admitted that the club was short of funds, and that he was getting depressed by their lack of transfer activity.

The club have already sold winger Grady Diangana to West Brom for £18 million, prompting a major fan backlash and an angry public statement from club captain Mark Noble.

Rice has previously been valued at more than £60 million, but Chelsea are hoping that a bid of just £40 million may be enough to secure his services.

Despite their new signings, Chelsea’s need for more defensive solidity was evident once again I their match with West Brom on Saturday evening, conceding three goals in the first half-hour before drawing thanks to a last gasp equaliser.

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