David Moyes could land West Ham United’s answer to John Terry by taking up Chelsea’s alleged plans to offer Andreas Christensen in part-exchange for Declan Rice.
According to the Express, the Stamford Bridge natives could offer West Ham the chance to sign Christensen in a player-plus-cash deal for Rice this summer.
Thomas Tuchel is eager to explore all avenues that will see Rice return to south west London for next season, but is expected to be tight on funds.
The Blues boss has prioritised the arrival of a new centre-forward and has Borussia Dortmund megastar Erling Haaland among his top targets, and is also weighing up a Premier League return for Inter Milan’s Romelu Lukaku.
Signing either of Haaland or Lukaku would see Chelsea struggle to also sign Rice, who West Ham are thought to value at £100m, having increased the £80m asking rice that held the Blues at arm’s length last year.
Chelsea chiefs are thus tipped to offer the Hammers their choice of Christensen, Tammy Abraham or Ruben Loftus-Cheek in hopes of lowering the fee needed for Rice.
This comes despite reports by Goal which claimed Tuchel’s side are keen to sign Christensen to a new contract, amid continued interest from a host of clubs including AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain.
Tuchel was said to consider Christensen to be a key part of his long-term defensive plans, after witnessing the Denmark international deliver solid performances in the absence of Thiago Silva.
West Ham accepting Chelsea’s alleged potential player-plus-cash proposal of Christensen for Rice would be a puzzling decision for the London Stadium natives to make, by depriving Moyes of one of his most prized assets for a player in a different position.
Despite missing last week’s wins over Wolverhampton Wanderers and Leicester City with a lateral knee ligament injury, Rice has played the third-most Premier League minutes (2,610) of any West Ham player this season.
His efforts have seen Moyes claim that it would take “the Bank of England and the Royal Bank of Scotland” to sign him, and is worth “far, far more” than the £100m that the Irons’ owners think Rice is currently worth.
But negotiating a separate deal with Chelsea to sign Christensen may be a worthwhile route for the Hammers to explore, as Moyes is thought to be after proven centre-back cover despite the £2m permanent transfer of Watford loanee Craig Dawson.
Christensen can offer Moyes depth in abundance and was lauded by ex-Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher last month after a magnificent performance against his former side.
“Christensen’s defending in the second half has been really good but it’s also how brave he has been in taking the ball into different positions. He has been outstanding,” he said, via quotes by The Sport Review. “It’s not just his defending but he has been really composed in possession as well.”
A lack of consistent minutes under Lampard held Christensen back but Tuchel’s arrival is seeing the 25-year-old get back on track and prove himself again, and why he would make a good buy for West Ham – just not at the expense of losing Rice.
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