Premier League giants Chelsea have been urged to sign West Ham United and England star Declan Rice this month.
The Blues have been one of the busier sides in the January transfer window, having already brought in five new players in the last couple weeks.
Former Blues midfielder Gus Poyet feels Rice would be would be the perfect option as N'Golo Kante struggles with injuries.
“I think Chelsea have been waiting to see what the situation is regarding the injury with Kante, and because I don’t think they can see an end, I would buy Rice now. I would even say yesterday, they should have gone and got him," Poyet has told Online Betting Guide.
"Definitely there is a Chelsea with a top Kante at his best and a different one without him. I said it when he came from Leicester and the first year he played for Chelsea, for me he was the best central defensive midfield player in the world.
“Now I am still convinced that when you are missing a player like that for so long, first because he was played on the right by [Maurizio] Sarri, and then because of the injury, you must replace him. Nothing against Jorginho, [Mateo] Kovacic, nothing to do with that - we are talking about levels.
"I think it is important as well for the British side, you know the English side, as well in the midfield that you have that leader and for many years you can have such a good player.”
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