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Chelsea-linked Rice still has to bid as Moyes expresses the possibility of moving West Ham.The Hammers boss is aware of the interest in a versatile international England, but insists that no offers have been submitted 

West Ham still has to receive an offer for Declan Rice, says David Moyes, despite being closely linked to a move to Chelsea by England international. 

The ambitious former Stamford Bridge academy has seen a move in the summer transfer window to west London mooted. 

The lavish spending spree is bankrolling Roman Abramovich, with Frank Lampard being rewarded with funds after achieving a top four finish.Rice, who would tick essential home-grown boxes, has been suggested to be among those prominently on the recruitment radar of the Blues. 

A versatile 21-year-old has also seen a recent buzz about move to Manchester United, but Moyes says no formal offers have been made. 

The Hammers boss told the Evening Standard: "No bids have been made for Declan at the moment and we don't want any. Interest is still there but we don't want to promote it. 

Rather than thinking about potential outgoings, Moyes is more concerned about trying to improve his ranks. 

He added: "We wish to strengthen in several ways. We lack defensive coverage. The owners have spent a lot of money in the last few years and I’m not sure a similar amount will be available this time. Whatever there is, though, we will spend it wisely.

“We’re trying to bring in a younger group but we will also need a couple of experienced players. Central defenders are usually better when they’re more experienced.”

Moyes guided West Ham to Premier League safety after being returned to London Stadium for a second spell and is eager to point out that long-term vision needs to be shown in east London.

He said of the challenge he faces: “This one has been one of the toughest periods I’ve had in management.“It said a lot about the club’s owners that they were big enough to come back for me, knowing that I had done a good job the first time. 

“My history is one of building clubs, picking young players. I have thoughts about how things will look and that's why West Ham is a prime party. 

"It has incredible potential that is a little untapped. There's a lot going on for that club. Do I think we should switch from the place that we are in to the top right? No — let's be practical.Chelsea to play youngsters against Bayern Munich amid Champions League injury crisis.In Frank Lampard 's team, there may be three debutants and a whole host of young people as the Blues seek to create a miracle in Munich 

After being picked by Frank Lampard to help ease his selection problem before facing Bayern Munich in the Champions League, Lewis Bate, Dynel Simeu and Ian Maatsen were told to get ready for a trip to Germany. 

Apart from Maatsen, the youngsters also have to make their professional debuts, but they are on red alert ahead of the upcoming second leg, probably with Armando Broja and Henry Lawrence both traveling this week after being added to the club's B-list. Maatsen has played just once under Lampard, making his debut from the bench in the Blues' 7-1 win over Grimsby Town in the Carabao Cup back in September last year.Broja has played just one game for the club, just before the lockout due to the coronavirus pandemic as a replacement in Chelsea's 4-0 victory over Everton. 

Each of the listed players are 18-year-old except for Bate who is still just 17, who has already made the matchday squad in a 3-0 loss in July without coming off at Sheffield United. 

These selections come in the midst of an injury crisis-mounting after Arsenal's final defeat of Chelsea's 2-1 FA Cup-ahead of a second leg, played on February 25, 165 days on from the first game. 

Last Saturday at Wembley, Christian Pulisic and Cesar Azpilicueta sustained hamstring injuries while Pedro dislocated his arm.n his final minute as a Blues player with a free transfer to Roma lined up.

Pedro has had surgery on his shoulder and is set to be out for at least a month, but Roma will still honour their commitment to sign the 33-year-old.

Willian also remains a doubt, with talks over a three-year pre-contract to join Arsenal active and with a minor achilles injury continuing to bother him.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek pulled out of the FA Cup final 24 hours before kick-off and is trying to return for the Bayern trip, while N'Golo Kante was an unused sub against Arsenal as he was still not been fully fit following a hamstring injury.

Lampard will assess their fitness ahead of flying to Munich tomorrow afternoon, but the midfield pair have been able to train ahead of the match on Saturday night.

Furthermore, Chelsea have two players suspended with Marcos Alonso having been sent off in the first leg, while Jorginho's yellow card in the match was his third in the competition and sees him also banned.

This is all on top of a long-term injury to Billy Gilmour, who still needs three months to overcome the meniscus injury that he sustained against Crystal Palace in the Premier League in July.

All in all, Lampard could be without 10 players, so is looking to the academy once again having brought his side closer to the development operation at Cobham Training Centre.Lampard has already made an all-time record of eight debuts in a single Chelsea season to academy products like Broja and Maatsen as well as Mason Mount, Reece James, Gilmour Tino Anjorin, Tariq Lamptey and Marc Guehi. Ken Shellito and Danny Blanchflower had previously held the record at seven during the 1978-79 season. 

Anjorin should have been named for Bayern in Lampard 's team, but he's got an untimely knock that will make him miss out too. 

Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech have been training, but until next season, beginning in September, they are not allowed to register for their new club

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