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CHELSEA are looking to bounce back from defeat at West Ham as they host struggling Watford.

But Hammers ace Declan Rice could be making a reunion with the Blues as early as this summer as Frank Lampard looks to snap up the England starlet.

Follow all the latest transfer updates and gossip from West London below…

  • PAIR HAVE TO WAIT

    Frank Lampard has confirmed Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech have NOT arrived in the UK ahead of resuming their careers with Chelsea.

    While the pair can't play for Chelsea this season, they can start training with the club, while there still remains questions over whether Werner will play for RB Leipzig in the Champions League.

    Lampard said: “They haven't arrived, as the whole country is waiting on quarantine news, we're also waiting on quarantine news to make sure the players can travel and work the way we want them to.

    “Timo Werner's season just finished and he is having a break at the minute, which is well deserved.

    “Ziyech, we're waiting on quarantine news and we'll make a call on that.”

  • INJURY NEWS

    Frank Lampard has confirmed Fikayo Tomori and Mateo Kovacic are going to miss this weekend's game against Watford.

    He said: “Fikayo still not going to be fit, he's still doing a lot of work it's just getting him on the training pitch is going to be tough.

    “Kovacic is going to miss this one, he hurt his Achilles in the West Ham game.”

  • 'NHO WAY JOSE

    Jose Mourinho has already lost more Premier League games as Tottenham manager than he did in his first TWO seasons with Chelsea.

    The Portuguese was hired to replace Mauricio Pochettino in November but has failed to hit the ground running in North London.

    Spurs’ 3-1 drubbing at the hands of Sheffield United on Thursday night was Mourinho’s seventh defeat in the 20 games he has taken charge of.

    Yet during the 76 matches over two full seasons from 2004-06 when he was first appointed boss at Stamford Bridge, Mourinho’s team was only beaten six times.

  • NIC OF TIME

    Chelsea are planning to make a move for Ajax defender Nicolas Tagliafico, according to reports.

    The Argentina international is set to leave the Dutch giants at the end of the season.

    Tagliafico, 27, is viewed as a cheaper alternative to top target Ben Chilwell.

    According to Transfermarketweb, Chelsea will make a “serious run” at bringing him to Stamford Bridge.

  • PREM BETTING TIPS (Ladbrokes)

    Chelsea vs Watford

    Chelsea matches this season have featured an average of 3.2 goals, which is the second-highest in the league behind Man City.

    We reckon the Blues have been chastened by that loss to the Hammers and will come out all guns blazing.

    Back over 1.5 goals in the first half at a huge 31/20, while 2/3 on over 2.5 goals in the entire game is a steal.

    Tammy Abraham wasn't at his best against the Hammers, with Christian Pulisic going close twice to landing our goalscorer tip.

    The American is likely to be a favourite of many at 3/2 to net anytime, but we like Olivier Giroud should he start ahead of Abraham.

    The Frenchman has two in his last four and is 11/10 to net at any point – value even if he's coming off the bench.

  • BARKING UP THE WRONG TREE

    Chelsea star Ross Barkley is reportedly still wanted by West Ham following the club's failed loan bid in January.

    The Daily Mirror claim David Moyes is keen on a reunion with the England midfielder after their time at Everton together.

    The Scottish manager brought Barkley through the ranks at Goodison Park after nurturing his progress through the Toffees’ youth teams.

    Moyes attempted to land the 26-year-old on loan back in January but Chelsea rejected the move.

    But the Hammers boss is said to be holding out hope that his former protege could be on the lookout for regular first-team starts.

    Barkley has fallen down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge and will need to revive his fortunes to be back in Gareth Southgate’s thinking for next year’s European Championships.

  • BAT MAN

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  • 'LIVI LIKES IT

    Presenter Olivia Buzaglo likes Chelsea's new kit with the '3' sponsorship design on.

    She wore it ahead of the loss at the London Stadium.

    Good luck charm… or quite the opposite?

  • LIKELY LINE-UP

    Frank Lampard is set to ring in the changes at Chelsea ahead of their game against Watford.

    The Blues boss was fuming at the end of the 3-2 defeat to West Ham – Chelsea's second defeat to the Irons this season.

    Here is how SunSport reckon they could line-up against Watford.

  • HAV A CHANCE

    Chelsea have been given a huge transfer boost after Bayer Leverkusen star Wendell revealed Kai Havertz dreams of playing in the Premier League.

    German playmaker Havertz is an £80million target for Frank Lampard this summer after starring in the Bundesliga.

    Chelsea have already signed up international teammate and RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner for under £50m.

    And they want Havertz to support him in attack with Hakim Ziyech also arriving at Stamford Bridge from Ajax.

    Leverkusen boss Peter Bosz admits Leverkusen could sell Havertz after missing out on Champions League football next term.

    But there were worries in the Chelsea camp after Real Madrid entered the running.

  • ANGEL WILL FLY

    Angel Gomes is reportedly eyeing a move abroad after walking out on Manchester United.

    The 19-year-old failed to agree an extension at Old Trafford and left the club this week.

    According to Manchester Evening News, Gomes has received plenty of offers in Europe but is yet to decide which is the best to take.

    It comes after Chelsea boss Frank Lampard ruled himself out of making a move for the attacking midfielder, following rumours the Blues were prepared to make the player an offer.

    Lampard said: “I can elaborate to the point that it’s never been mentioned at my end.”

    Gomes is one of ten United players that departed the club on Wednesday after rejecting a reported £25,000 a week plus bonuses deal to remain at Old Trafford.

  • FRANK DECISION

    Chelsea look set to move for Declan Rice but it could pave the way for Kurt Zouma’s Stamford Bridge exit.

    The Blues are leaning their attention on signing a defender in the next window, with manager Frank Lampard frustrated at defensive errors leading to conceded goals this season.

    SunSport revealed Rice – who was released by Chelsea as a 14-year-old – has emerged as a priority signing.

    And Lampard will look to shift him back into defence having spent most of his senior West Ham career as a holding midfielder.

    But the arrival of another centre-back will spell the end for one of Chelsea’s current stars.

    Despite Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen’s horror show against the Hammers this week, they are expected to stay, along with academy product Fikayo Tomori, but according The Athletic, Frenchman Kurt Zouma will be sold.

  • RICE AND SHINE

    Frank Lampard is keen to sign Declan Rice and retrain the West Ham star as a centre-back, as first reported by The Sun last week.

    And the Blues' shambolic defensive showing at Rice's Hammers will have done nothing to change his mind.

    But despite Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen being the defenders who got bullied, The Athletic understands Kurt Zouma could be the most likely man to leave.

    The report adds that Roman Abramovich would prefer not to be “embarrassed” by paying a fee many would deem to be excessive, but he will meet the Hammers demands if Lampard deems it necessary.

    Abramovich has previously been left red faced when re-signing stars David Luiz and Nemanja Matic from PSG and Benfica respectively after deeming them surplus to requirements.

  • GOOD MORNING CHELSEA FANS

    Kepa Arrizabalaga could be offered a get-out from his Chelsea misery with a loan move to Sevilla.

    The Spaniard wants a top European club but is unlikely to interest Spanish big guns Real Madrid and Barcelona at present.

    Sevilla are fourth in LaLiga and pushing for a Champions League place next season.

    But Kepa’s £150,000-a-week wages would be an issue as would the fee for a permanent deal because he is just two years into a mammoth six year contract.

    In other news, two ex-Chelsea youth team players are seeking damages from the club and plan to go to the High Court over racial abuse they suffered at the club.

    Former coach Gwyn Williams is alleged to have “instigated” discrimination after a review by Bernardos.

    But two former players want to take things further and get true justice.

    Meanwhile, ex-Blues striker Carlton Cole has hit out at Chelsea fans after they criticised him for celebrating West Ham’s winner.

    He said: “Let’s get this right! I’m supposed to not celebrate because you gave me a chance in my youth days?

    “Of course I’m grateful for that but I spent my best and longest years at the Hammers who gave me a chance too and continue to give me support in my coaching development.

    “Plus we needed the points to stay in the league. Circumstances have made it this way.”

    And finally, Chelsea have been dealt a major blow in their pursuit of Achraf Hakimi after Real Madrid announced they have sold him to Inter Milan for £40.5million.

  • PUSH 'N PUL

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  • BLUE MOON

    Andreas Christensen has spoken of incoming Chelsea signings Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech.

    He said: “I played against Werner quite a few times when I was in Germany so I know what he can do and what sort of player he is.

    “I haven’t played against Ziyech but I’ve seen him a lot and I think they can both bring good things to the club. We’re all excited to see what they can bring.”

    He added: “We are in a process but I think we are way ahead of time,’ he adds. We know what we’re capable of. We feel very comfortable and confident at the moment.

    “We have a good balance between experienced people and young, exciting talent and we’re all hungry to reach the same goals.”

  • NO BADGES

    Sky Sports pundits ditched the Black Lives Matter badges for coverage of Sheffield United's clash with Tottenham.

    Analysts Jamie Redknapp and Graeme Souness appeared alongside presenter Dave Jones ahead of kick off.

    But the logos were not on display as they have been for much of the Premier League coverage since the season restarted in June.

    Sheffield United and Spurs players wore the patches on their shirts for the game at Bramall Lane and took a knee at the beginning of the game.

    Some pundits have stopped wearing them following controversial comments made by the movement, criticising Israel and calling on the government to “defund the police”.

    It remains an individual decision, Sky Sports has told The Sun Online.

  • WILL POWER

    Willian has spoke of his frustration at the club's defeat at the London Stadium.

    Speaking to Chelsea's website, he said: “It’s very disappointing. The plan was to win the game and we missed a chance to go third.

    “At least we have a game on Saturday to win at home. It’s not a time to complain. We have to win on Saturday.

    “We have to play every game as a final, and fight to get into the Champions League places.

    “We deserve to finish in the top four. Sometimes we have gone up and down, but I think we deserve to be there and we have to keep that position.”

  • ARR-VEDERCI?

    Kepa Arrizabalaga could be offered a get-out from his Chelsea misery with a loan move to Sevilla.

    Chelsea’s keeper is again under pressure after letting in four goals at West Ham on Wednesday night.

    One was disallowed via a controversial VAR decision but the world’s most expensive goalkeeper is once more facing an uncertain future under boss Frank Lampard.

    The £71.6million Spaniard may even be willing to accept a loan move to regain confidence or ultimately help seek a permanent transfer away from Stamford Bridge.

    Kepa wants a top European club but is unlikely to interest Spanish big guns Real Madrid and Barcelona at present.

    Sevilla are fourth in LaLiga and pushing for a Champions League place next season.

    But Kepa’s £150,000-a-week wages would be an issue as would the fee for a permanent deal because he is just two years into a mammoth six year contract.

  • ROBOT REFS

    FIFA wants robo-refs to make offside calls by the 2022 World Cup.

    Under the plan, being developed by Fifa director of technology Johannes Holzmuller, the offside “lines” would be automatically generated by computer technology.

    Fifa staged the first trial of the technology used in the system during the Club World Cup won by Liverpool in December.

    And now world chiefs want to roll it out swiftly, with the target of being able to use it full-time at the first winter World Cup.

    German Holzmuller explained: “The idea behind the offside technique is to speed up the review of such game situations by the video assistant referee.

    “Basically, it is about the video assistant no longer creating the lines for offside questions to determine a possible offside position.

    “The principle is that the system creates the lines automatically and sounds an alarm if there is an offside posi

  • HAMMER BLOW

    Cesar Azpilicueta has spoken of his disappointment at Chelsea's 3-2 defeat away at West Ham.

    He told the Blues' website: “When you face teams in the Premier League like West Ham, who are fighting relegation, you know they can come back and they will fight.

    “It was down to us that we were not ruthless enough to finish the game.

    “We have to be honest to analyse ourselves and the team because when you see this kind of game, it’s down to us.

    “We have to take the responsibility and have the ability to accept when we are not doing the right things and when we are making mistakes.”

  • TO BE FRANK

  • HEART ACH

    Arsenal and Chelsea have been dealt a major blow in their pursuit of Achraf Hakimi after Real Madrid announced they have sold him to Inter Milan for £40.5million.

    The 21-year-old has earned rave reviews during his two-year loan spell at Borussia Dortmund, leading to a host of clubs vying to sign him.

    Hakimi – who has chipped in with nine goals and ten assists in 46 games this season – has established himself as one of the world's best full-backs.

    But Real have offloaded him as Zinedine Zidane does not believe he will get in front of Dani Carvajal at the Bernanbeu.

    A statement on the Spanish club's website said: “Real Madrid CF and Inter Milan have agreed to transfer Achraf Hakimi.

    “The club wants to thank Achraf for all these years of dedication, professionalism and exemplary behaviour since he came to our academy in 2006 and wishes him good luck in his new phase.”

  • NETWORK TROUBLE

    Chelsea slipped up in the race to secure Champions League football after falling to a 3-2 defeat at West Ham.

    And fans pointed the finger at the Blues new sponsors Three for jinxing them before kick-off.

    Many fans were particularly unhappy with their new sponsors who had tweeted ahead of kick-off: “We hear that ‘Three’ is a magic number.”

    After the match, West Ham’s three goals were not only the spooky coincidence surrounding Chelsea’s new cursed number.

    One fan pointed out that three was also “how many minutes it took for Marcos Alonso to track back.”

  • CALENDAR MAN

    Willian has become the first Premier League player to score in the competition in every month of the calendar year.

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