Frank McAvennie has warned West Ham that they must improve if they want to keep hold of Declan Rice as Chelsea prepare to make another offer for the England international.
The Irons legend, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, suggested the 21-year-old will seek to exit if David Moyes’s side continue to perform as they did against Newcastle United.
The Hammers were comfortably beaten by the Magpies on Saturday with Moyes describing his team as “miles off” in a worrying display at the London Stadium.
Chelsea have had numerous attempts to sign Rice rebuffed this summer but the Blues are set to return to the negotiation table with a player-plus-cash offer.
Football Insider understands that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has given the green light for a mammoth Rice offer that is set to include England international Ross Barkley in part-exchange.
McAvennie heaped praise on Barkley and revealed that he would like to see the attacking midfielder join the Irons.
“If they want to keep Declan Rice then they have to be doing better than that,” he told Football Insider. “He is a great player and he will not want to be playing in a team like that.
“I think Ross Barkley is a talented player and if he is not going to play at Chelsea then he is someone that I would love at West Ham. He can play and he can score goals.”
The former Everton midfielder has fallen down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge due to the rise of Mason Mount and will see his game time further reduced this season following the £72million signing of Kai Havertz.
Barkley, 26, still has three years remaining on his contract at Chelsea.
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