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David Moyes expects Chelsea Declan Rice to play for West Ham next season, warning: Only a steel van of cold, hard cash would tempt us.

Rice has been an outstanding player for the Hammers this season and is easily now one of the best holding midfielders in the Premier League, with  Frank Lampard reportedly ready to pay big money to try and get a deal done.

There is no doubt that Lampard is seeking to build a side that is capable of challenging for that Premier League title next season, and the versatility that Rice has been able to show this season, means that he will be hot property in the transfer window.

That means that the The Hammers’ owners will have to pay hardball, especially as David Moyes has no intention of letting his very best player leave the club in the transfer window

Moyes said on Sky Sports: “Declan is under contract.

“He goes on holidays now as far as I know. Hopefully he is selected for England.

“He will be back in pre-season with us in three weeks. That’s as much as I can tell you.

“Rightly so Declan should have attention because he’s such a good player.

“But he’s not going anywhere unless you get one of those steel vans that have the cash in it. You better bring one of them!”

Look, at the end of the day, why would Rice want to be struggling fighting relegation when he could be here helping us challenge for that Premier League title and playing Champions League football.

He will find it hard to turn down a move to us.

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