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West Ham United legend Trevor Sinclair fears star midfielder Declan Rice may be poached by Chelsea after Ross Barkley's loan departure to Aston Villa.
Barkley had struggled to nail down a regular starting spot under Frank Lampard at Stamford Bridge and the arrival of Kai Havertz had further limited the England midfielder's opportunities.
Having shifted the former Everton man out of the club, Lampard is looking add another body in the middle of the park.
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Chelsea have been routinely linked with Rice after a series of impressive displays, with the 21-year-old catching the eye with his measured passing, non-stop running and strength in the tackle. He also donned the captain's armband for the east Londoners towards the end of last season.
'One of the biggest problems for football clubs is week-to-week wages, so getting Ross Barkley off the wages to bring in Declan Rice makes sense, unfortunately,' Sinclair told.
Rice has longstanding links to Chelsea having been at their academy for the best part of eight years before being released in 2014.
His friendship with current Chelsea star Mason Mount is also well documented and the pair have played together for England.
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Rice controversially switched allegiances having made three caps for the Republic of Ireland, who he was eligible to play for as his grandparents are from Cork.
Chelsea's final match before the transfer window shuts on October 5 is at home to Crystal Palace on Saturday.
West Ham meanwhile face a tough trip to table-topping Leicester City on Sunday.
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