West Ham and England midfielder Declan Rice is quickly emerging as one of Europe’s most talented players.
At the centre of David Moyes’ team, the well-rounded midfielder is well on course to be named as one of the Premier League’s best players come the end of the 2021-22 season.
It is no secret that the Hammers are flying – currently as high as third in the Premier League table, Moyes’ most recent scalp came at the expense of title challengers Liverpool.
Last weekend saw the Londoners overcome Jurgen Klopp’s Reds in an enthralling encounter that eventually ended 3-2.
Another stunning performance from Rice has once again forced questions over whether or not the Hammers can retain arguably their best player beyond the January transfer window.
Several top clubs are understood to be monitoring the performances of the young England international, with both Manchester clubs just two of those understood to be admirers.
However, according to a recent report from The Sun, the Hammers, co-owned by David Sullivan and David Gold, have no intention of letting their star midfielder leave.
In fact, West Ham is so set on retaining Rice that it has been claimed even bids of £100m, which would match Jack Grealish’s British transfer record to Manchester City, would not be enough for the club to sanction a sale.
Stretty News’ Verdict
West Ham’s Rice is already a star and it is not hard to see that, from a Manchester United point-of-view, he is the missing piece to a massively dysfunctional midfield.
However, the problem the Red Devils currently have is, Rice is unlikely to want to leave a project that is arguably the most exciting in England for an in-crisis United.
Of course, it goes without saying – when it comes to finances, there are few clubs who can compete with the firepower United have – however, if it’s success that Rice craves, United have never looked so far away from winning a major trophy.
West Ham are having a great season, but whether or not they can win silverware remains to be seen, but with the right investment and guidance, there is no denying that the Hammers are a club on the up, so fair play to them for showing ambition and not wanting to offload their best player.