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Chelsea suffer major transfer blow

Tension is mounting at the bottom of the Premier League as the fight to avoid relegation heads towards a dramatic conclusion.

Chelsea transfer target, Declan Rice, is set to be offered a huge new contract to tempt him into committing his future to West Ham, according to The Sun.

Rice is one of Chelsea’s only remaining transfer targets after their £250million spending spree.

Signing the West Ham midfielder was one of Frank Lampard’s top priorities going into the summer window, but he proved to be too expensive for them to afford.

Deals to sign Kai Havertz for £72m, Timo Werner for £53m and Ben Chilwell for £50m severely depleted their budget, and they were subsequently forced to abandon their pursuit of Rice.

West Ham were determined to keep the 21-year-old this summer and slapped a £73m price tag on his head.

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Chelsea are reportedly still eager to sign him at some point, and have been tipped to reignite their interest in next summer’s window.

However, West Ham are now doing all they ca to prevent that from happening, and will allegedly give him a bumper new deal.

The Sun reports Rice will be offered a new contract which will make him the club’s highest earner.

Felipe Anderson currently holds that title, raking in £120,000-per-week, though he has failed to look too impressive since joining the club and joined Porto on loan last week.

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