Tony Carr, former academy director, West Ham has expressed fears that the club’s striker, Declan Rice could be hijacked by Chelsea.
Rice was a former kid player for Chelsea before he was by the Hammers.
West Ham have a reputation for building up players and would end up selling them to other clubs in the league.
The likes of Rio Ferdinand, Michael Carrick, Frank Lampard and Joe Cole were once players of the club.
“I’m a little bit concerned. I hope he stays with West Ham I really do. He’s developing into a top player. His goal the other night against Watford – terrific.
“You could see the look on his face, the pleasure it gave him. And the hug he gave to David Moyes on the touchline when the goal went in sends great signs and signals he’s happy there and wants to stay.
“Unfortunately, sometimes agents get involved – I’m not saying this is Declan’s agent – but if someone says ‘we’re going to double your money if you come to us’, it’s hard to turn down and let loyalty be the deciding factor.
“I hope it doesn’t come to that. I hope he just comes out and says ‘I’m happy to stay at West Ham, I’m still developing as a player, they’ve brought me from obscurity, released from Chelsea, and now into the England team,” he said.