Chelsea linked £120 million man has been encouraged to make transfer move

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Paul Merson has urged West Ham star and long-term Chelsea Declan Rice to leave the club when the summer transfer window officially opens up.

Rice is a a player that is easily regarded as one of the best midfielders in the Premier League and a man that is heavily tipped to join one of the big clubs in the next transfer window

It is no secret that Chelsea are long-term admirers of the player, and despite all the headlines about the takeover of the club, are still planning a summer move for the midfielder, if the new owner hands Thomas Tuchel some funds

And despite the fact that West Ham do not want to lose Declan Rice in the transfer window, Merson has opened up and encouraged the England Midfielder to leave the Hammers in the coming window

‘Declan Rice should strike while the iron’s hot and leave West Ham this summer,’ Merson told the Daily Star

‘He’s taken his game to another level this season and is playing N’Golo Kante now, affecting things at both ends of the pitch.

‘I’d be surprised if Declan Rice is playing for West Ham next season. They have completely punched above their weight for months.

‘Where could he go? Depends what happens at Chelsea and who buys the club. Manchester United would be a good move, but will they get in the Champions League? That’s where Rice wants to play.

‘They play Tottenham this weekend and playing Spurs should always be a big game for West Ham but the Europa League game against Sevilla was a bigger one.

‘West Ham have gone past Spurs, and to be honest I don’t know how Tottenham have allowed that to happen. You just hope West Ham don’t miss out on the Champions League by a point or two, because they will be kicking themselves. They will be wondering why they didn’t go out and get another striker in January.’

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West Ham do not want to lose one of the clubs best transfer windows, but if Chelsea come calling, he will leave

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