West Ham: Irons set for ‘significant’ double signing attempt
West Ham will attempt ‘two significant signings’ this summer to replace star midfielder Declan Rice, according to journalist Dean Jones.
The Lowdown: Rice exit links…
The England international, who has shone under manager David Moyes at the London Stadium once again this season, is also heavily linked with a West Ham departure this summer.
Rice has long attracted interest from the likes of Chelsea and Man City with Premier League title frontrunners Arsenal now also entering the picture.
The 24-year-old is also out of contract in 2024, potentially meaning the next few months are make or break in terms of both Rice’s next club and the fee West Ham can get for him.
The Latest: West Ham set for ‘significant’ double signing attempt…
Speaking to GIVEMESPORT, Jones claims the east Londoners will attempt ‘two significant signings’ to succeed the Englishman as reports suggest this season may well be Rice’s last.
“It has been unusually quiet at West Ham this month [January], but it’s worth noting in midfield they will look to make two significant signings to replace Declan Rice.”
The Verdict: May not be enough…
West Ham were linked with a late move for Man City midfielder Kalvin Phillips during the January transfer window so perhaps he could emerge as a summer target.
The England international, plus another ‘significant signing’ in midfield, would strengthen David Moyes’ squad undoubtedly, but the loss of Rice would still be detrimental.
Since coming through the West Ham academy and bursting on to the scene under Slaven Bilic as an 18-year-old, the midfield general has gone on to become indispensable.
Elected Hammers captain, Rice currently ranks as Moyes’ best-performer in the top flight by average match rating – making more interceptions per 90 than any of his teammates whilst completing their highest percentage of successful passes (WhoScored).
The Three Lions ace is an arguable symbol of West Ham’s rise in recent seasons with Rice also playing a key role on their run to the Europa League semi-finals last season.
Alas, with the Irons now battling relegation, it appears supporters may have to consider the possibility of saying a fond farewell this year.