Chelsea football club are reportedly ready to do business with West Ham as they continue to rebuild ahead of next season.
The blues have been inconsistent in recent weeks with their 1-0 win over Norwich showing their low in quality.
Frank Lampard has already made two major signings this summer, bringing in Werner and Hakim Ziyach.
But the defence is also a greater concern for the blues as they have conceded too many cheap goals this term.
England International Rice has been identified by Lampard as his defensive solution.
Although the 21-year old play most of his game from midfield, he cab as well handle things in defence.
Lampard believe that Kurt Zuma, Tomori and Batshuayi can be makeweight to bring Rice to Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea are expected to do many business in this summer transfer window as they seek to challenge for the league title next season.