By Jonathan Spencer For Mailonline
Published: 08:41 GMT, 2 November 2020 | Updated: 08:58 GMT, 2 November 2020
Chelsea have not given up hope of signing Declan Rice and will go back in for the West Ham star in the January transfer window, according to reports.
Rice has emerged as one of England's best players after shining for West Ham in the heart of midfield, and he has attracted long-term interest from London rivals Chelsea.
Chelsea were in hot pursuit of Rice, a former youth product of the club, in the summer transfer window but a £60million move failed to materialise after the Blues failed to offload a number of fringe players.
Declan Rice continues to be the subject of heavy interest from West Ham's rivals Chelsea
But according to The Athletic, Chelsea are hoping Rice ignores any of West Ham's advances to tie home down to a new contract at the London Stadium as the Blues look to snap up his signature in January.
Chelsea's move for Rice in the last transfer window didn't come to fruition as the Blues were reportedly unable to sell players needed to raise the necessary funds for his signature.
Chelsea were ruthless in the summer window, spending £253million