The 21-year-old joined the Blues’ academy in 2006 when he was just seven years old.

He was released seven years later and joined West Ham, where he’s been ever since and become a vital player for David Moyes’ side.

Now, however, Chelsea want to bring him back to Stamford Bridge with Lampard hopeful a £45million deal can be completed – regardless of whether West Ham stay in the top flight or not.

Rice isn’t the only player on the Blues’ radar, though, with Kai Havertz and Ben Chilwell also in their sights.

Havertz has been in stunning form for Bayer Leverkusen over in the Bundesliga this season, scoring 12 goals and registering six assists from 30 league games.

Chilwell, meanwhile, is seen as the ideal replacement for Emerson Palmieri – who is expected to join Juventus in the summer transfer window.

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