According to The Athletic via Daily Express, Chelsea transfer guru Marina Granovskaia has the perfect sweetener to offer West Ham as she attempts to sign Declan Rice as the final piece of Frank Lampard’s transfer jigsaw.
The report claims the Blues are set to offer Chelsea left-back Emerson Palmieri plus cash for the £80million West Ham midfielder.
West Ham are in the market for a left-back and with Emerson falling down the pecking order at Chelsea following the arrival of Ben Chilwell from Leicester, Granovskaia is set to include Emerson in negotiations for Rice in order to reduce the overall cost of the transfer.
Meanwhile, West Ham boss David Moyes has previously warned Chelsea that Rice isn’t for sale.
“It was always the plan, there was no intention to lose Declan Rice,” he said.
“We have had no bids and no enquiries. There is a lot of speculation but I can only tell you what I know.
“I wouldn’t want to lose him anyway because he is too big a player for us, he is too important and a big part of the squad.
“He’s been captain already, I think he is learning a lot of leadership from Mark Noble, so I hope in the future we will have an incredibly talented footballer with great leadership skills and will be the captain of West Ham.”