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Liverpool ‘really interested’ in signing Declan Rice

Liverpool 'really interested' in signing Declan Rice - Follow up

Liverpool are ‘really interested’ in signing West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice, according to journalist Rudy Galetti.

The Lowdown: Rice targeted

There have been multiple Premier League clubs linked with a summer move for Rice, given that his contract will only have one year left on it by the end of the season, meaning West Ham could be willing to cash in.

Jim White recently told talkSPORT that Manchester United had a £100m bid for the midfielder rejected last summer, while he also said Chelsea and Arsenal are ‘in the frame’ for his signature, with the Hammers set to demand £120m plus add-ons.

The Latest: Galetti’s update

In an interview with GIVEMESPORT, Galetti claimed that the 24-year-old’s current employers are unwilling to discuss his future until the summer, but he confirmed that Liverpool have him on their radar.

The journalist:“It’s too early to talk about negotiation between clubs because West Ham don’t want to discuss about Rice with any clubs until June.

“But for sure, Arsenal will be one that will follow the player with great attention during the next transfer window, and in that sense, we also need to pay attention to Liverpool, who are really interested in him.”

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The Verdict: Much-needed addition

Jurgen Klopp’s side have massively underperformed this season, currently sitting just 10th in the Premier League table, and some of their midfielders have not been at the races, with Scott Minto heavily criticising Fabinho, saying ‘it’s like his twin brother is playing.’

As such, the Reds could do with another option in the engine room, particularly considering Naby Keita is believed to be on the verge of leaving this summer, and Rice would be a fantastic addition.

Lauded as ‘sensational’ by the media, the Englishman ranks in the 94th percentile for his pass-completion rate over the past year, averaging 89.6% per 90, while he is also well-versed in the defensive side of the game, making 49 tackles in the top flight this term.

It may be difficult for Liverpool to compete for the maestro if they do not secure Champions League football, which is looking increasingly unlikely at the moment, giving them all the more reason to have a very strong second half of the season.

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