Report: Chelsea set to launch £40m bid for West Ham midfielder Declan Rice

Chelsea are eager to sign West Ham United versatile star Declan Rice before the closure of the transfer window.

Frank Lampard wants to bring in a defensive midfielder with Rice is priority and they are set to make a bid more than £40million before the October 5 deadline, as reported by The Sun.

The reports adds that the Blues are confident of signing the England international as they believe that West Ham are desperate for funds.

Rice, who was released by Chelsea as a 14-year-old, has already made 100 league appearances at the age of 21.

His contract runs until the summer of 2024, but West Ham could be temped to sell him, especially with co-chairman David Sullivan admitting that the London club have found it difficult to sign new players due to a lack of funds.

Chelsea have been heavily active in the transfer market, securing deals for Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell, Thiago Silva, Malang Sarr, Kai Havertz and Edouard Mendy, who completed his switch to Stamford Bridge on Thursday evening.

However, it seems clear that it may take some time for Frank Lampard to figure out how to get the best of the players at his disposal.

The Blues have taken four points from their first three Premier League games and had to come from three goals down to draw 3-3 away to West Brom on Saturday evening.

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