By Paul Robinson

27th Jan, 2021 | 11:23am

Exclusive: Top pundit drops Declan Rice transfer claim after Guardian's West Ham update

Chelsea’s interest in West Ham midfielder Declan Rice “will cool” as a result of Frank Lampard’s dismissal from Stamford Bridge.

That is the view of former Spurs and England goalkeeper Paul Robinson, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the 22-year-old’s future at the London Stadium.

Chelsea have held a long-term interest in the West Ham star and made numerous attempts to sign him in the summer.

Football Insider revealed in November that Chelsea were planning to make fresh contact with the Hammers regarding Rice this month.

However, the Guardian report Lampard’s sacking will likely see the Blues’ end their interest in the 10-times England international.

When asked by Football Insider for his assessment of Rice’s potential move to Stamford Bridge, Robinson said: “I think the interest from Chelsea will cool.

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“West Ham fans can probably rest easy until the end of the season now that Frank Lampard has been dismissed.

“With Thomas Tuchel coming in, he will have his own ideas and his own transfer targets for the summer.

“I think the club’s interest in Declan Rice will die away with Frank Lampard.”  

Rice has been ever-present for David Moyes’s side in the Premier League over the past 18 months – the last league game he missed was in May 2019.

The centre-midfielder still has three-and-a-half years remaining on his contract at the London Stadium but preliminary talks over a new deal are claimed to have already begun.

In other news, a top pundit has given his verdict as West Ham eek closer to signing a “brilliant” Manchester United player.