According to a report from the Guardian, Chelsea are plotting a last minute raid on Atletico Madrid for Arsenal linked Thomas Partey. And that could be great news for West Ham.

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The 27-year-old midfielder is a key target for Gunners boss Mikel Arteta, and the Spaniard is prepared to pay around £43.5 million to bring him to the Emirates (The Sun).

Arsenal’s hopes of signing Partey could be dashed, however, with Chelsea boss Frank Lampard now keen to bring the Ghana international to Stamford Bridge (Guardian).

And the fact that the Blues are allegedly chasing Partey is great news for West Ham, because that might just mean that they have given up hope of signing Declan Rice before tomorrow’s transfer deadline.

Atletico de Madrid v Villarreal CF - La Liga Santander

Thomas Partey (Photo by Alejandro Rios/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

Many Hammers fans are fearing the worst regarding Rice. The 21-year-old has been continually linked with a move to Chelsea since the end of last season.

According to 90 Min, Frank Lampard has told Chelsea chiefs to pay whatever it takes to bring the West Ham star to Stamford Bridge this summer.

 

And according to the Times, the Hammers will demand up to £80 million for Rice. The real worry for the West Ham fans is the chance that the Blues could meet that valuation.

Everton v West Ham United - Carabao Cup Fourth Round

Declan Rice (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

Because without the England international, we will be in real trouble. It is far too late to adequately replace him. And if we were to sell him, tensions between fans and the board to rise to an all-time high.

It is absolutely vital that we keep Declan. At least for one more season.

Chelsea will obviously be an appealing move for him. But we must dig our heels in. The 21-year-old is under contract with us until the summer of 2024. And we have the option of extending that deal by another 12 months.

West Ham are in a position of strength. But let’s just hope that Chelsea have indeed turned their attention to Partey and that we don’t have to rely on David Sullivan to reject the Blues’ advances.

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