According to a report by 90min, yet more news has emerged on West Ham United star Declan Rice as clubs refuse to give up the chase to sign him – but GSB are still committed to a new deal.
The Lowdown: Rice a wanted man?
Contrary to a claim by Chief Sports reporter Jeremy Cross, who believes Man United have turned to Kalvin Phillips and ended their Rice pursuit, it appears the Red Devils are certainly not done.
Indeed, as per 90min, Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is in fact ‘pushing’ his club’s board to make a move ‘at any cost’ – with their bitter cross town rivals Man City also interested.
Both sides are apparently pressing hard to sign Rice and have sent scouts to watch him already this season.
The Latest: GSB committed to new Rice deal…
In a silver lining for West Ham supporters, despite both City and United seeing Rice’s £100 million valuation as ‘realistic’ according to this report, 90min say GSB have still not changed their stance on selling.
It is believed that they remain ‘committed’ to securing the 22-year-old to fresh terms at Rush Green and want to keep their most valuable asset over offloading him.
West Ham are hoping to table a bumper new contract in a bid to tie him down long-term, but the club remain very much in control of his situation ‘for now’.
Rice’s representatives also want the player’s future sorted out before the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
The Verdict: Interesting few months ahead…
As the Irons eye a major boost for David Moyes in securing their arguable best player to a new contract, news that City and United see his £100m tag as attainable also comes as an interesting development.
The England international, called an ‘excellent player’ by Match of the Day pundit Alan Shearer, has enjoyed a fantastic start to the 2021/2022 campaign.
Rice has averaged more interceptions per 90 than any West Ham player in the Premier League (2.3) whilst also completing an incredible 94.4% of his passes according to WhoScored.
Tying him down to a fresh contract would certainly be big.
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