“Good deal for both parties” – Former England ace says Chelsea should get this deal done

Chelsea need defensive reinforcements, that is clear for all to see.

The club have been leaking goals this season, 49 in fact, which is the most of any club inside the top 11 in the league.

This is something that needs addressing, and Chelsea are keen on signing West Ham’s Declan rice to play as a centre back and help out their issues at the back, according to The Athletic.

Rice started his career playing as a defender in Chelsea’s youth academy, and he has also played there on occasions for West Ham.

The Athletic’s report claims that to soften the deal, Chelsea may offer their own centre back Fikayo Tomori to West Ham on loan.

Tomori featured a lot for Lampard at the start of the season but has since dropped down the pecking order. He is still considered to be one of Chelsea’s better performing centre backs this season on the whole and he would be a great coup for West Ham.

These thoughts are echoed by former England striker Kevin Phillips, who gave his views to Football Insider.

Phillips said:

“I think that deal is good for both parties.

“West Ham have not defended well and Tomori has shown that he is a good defender.

“He did a great job at Derby, nearly helped them to the Premier League and has been in and out of the Chelsea side this year.

“Tomori gets regular game time at West Ham and Rice comes in to replace Jorginho because he could be moving on at the end of the season. That could be the perfect position for Declan Rice to slip into.

“I like Rice. He will just get better and better, especially in a better side where he is surrounded by world class players. That would be good business.”