Liverpool hero Steve Nicol has urged Chelsea manager Frank Lampard to sign West Ham midfielder Declan Rice to help unleash Timo Werner and potential new signing Kai Havertz.
The Blues have been heavily linked with a summer move for Rice, who came through Chelsea’s academy and is valued at £80million by West Ham.
Former Liverpool and Scotland defender Nicol believes the move ‘makes sense’ for both parties and says Rice can help Chelsea’s formidable attacking unit.
Lampard secured a deal for Germany striker Werner last month and is now pursuing a move for fellow Bundesliga star Havertz. ‘I think [a move for Declan Rice] makes sense,’ Nicol told ESPN FC.
‘I think when you already have N’Golo Kante, if you bring Declan Rice in then you can play all the forwards that seem to be either at Chelsea right now or are going to Chelsea, and by that I mean the likes of Timo Werner who’s there and it seems like Kai Havertz is going to be there as well.
‘You can play Declan Rice and N’Golo Kante as two defensive midfielders and let another four ahead of them get after it in the attack.
West Ham value Rice at around £80m
‘So listen, it makes sense because Declan Rice is a great player, he’s maturing and getting better season after season.