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West Ham determined to keep Chelsea target Rice - but want Emerson

West Ham United are determined to keep hold of Declan Rice.

The Daily Mail says West Ham are fighting to keep hold of star midfielder Rice amid interest from Chelsea.

But the Hammers are also plotting a move for Blues full-back Emerson.

David Moyes' side got the 2020-21 campaign off to a bad start, losing their Premier League opener to Newcastle at the London Stadium on Saturday.

Rice, 21, featured in midfield but has been strongly linked with a move to Chelsea this summer window, with Frank Lampard an admirer of the midfielder who was released by the club aged 14.

West Ham will block all attempts to prise their star away from the club, with the hierarchy insistent on not selling the 21-year-old under any circumstances, says the Athletic.

Instead, full focus is on bringing players into the club, with manager Moyes determined to bolster his defence following their 2-0 defeat by Newcastle last weekend.

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