Talk about click bait, those bastions of honesty the Daily Star are doing their upmost to usurp that other 'source of truth' (sic) The Sun with their "Declan Rice has already agreed personal terms of a five year deal with Chelsea" report. Never let the truth get in the way of a good story was the old lower end of Fleet Street modus operandi, one that was always particularly exploited by the previously mentioned 'publications' if that's what you want to call them, in addition to their equally vile Sunday counterparts.
The Gutter press has always sought to divide opinion in all areas of life, sport and football just being another blank template for what may be termed as creative conjecture at best, and downright lies and innuendo at the worst. Of course the Rice situation is an easy target, with all the negativity surrounding West Ham it was obvious that Rice's name would crop up on a daily basis and will continue to do so until October the 5th when the transfer window closes.
As has been constantly pointed out, the departure of Rice would not make sense in the current climate, (a) West Ham would want absolute 'top dollar' paid up front for their prized asset and (b) Moyes would probably insist on getting Tammy Abraham on loan. We have already covered Moyes' interest in the England striker who has seen himself drop further and further down the Stamford Bridge pecking order, a move to the London Stadium might suit all parties, also as we have previously mentioned, Moyes had expressed an interest in bringing Tammy Abraham to the club back at the opening of the transfer window, so if Abraham arrived he would NOT be a signing thrust on to the manager against his wishes, so expect something to happen regarding this if Chelsea are amenable, they can bide their time for Declan!
It is to be hoped that the fear of fan backlash and also the reality of how the transfer market has been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, will prevent the Hammers hierarchy from sanctioning a deal that would see Rice move across London,YET. Plainly Declan Rice will eventually leave West Ham United, unless the cavalry in the form of new owners comes flying to the rescue, unfortunately it is a question of when, not if, Declan leaves the club.
When he eventually does so it will be on his terms, as well as at a time when the funds received for him can be used to strengthen the squad in all the key areas that are now being found wanted, consequently it is incredibly unlikely that Rice will leave the club during the remaining days of this window, as David Moyes would have little or no time to use the funds made available, next year, or maybe even when the window reopens in January might well be a different story.
One element is guaranteed, the 'shining star' will be the last publication to be given the 'real scoop' if and when it happens! - Ed