West Ham United have received a massive boost with the news that Manchester United have ended their pursuit of Declan Rice.
According to The Star’s Chief Sports Writer Jeremy Cross, the Red Devils have turned their attention to Leeds United’s Kalvin Phillips.
The lowdown: Crucial player
Rice is a key player for West Ham, having started 32 Premier League matches in 2020/21 and all six so far this season (via WhoScored).
David Moyes has even gone as far as to express concern that his side might rely too heavily on Rice (via Daily Mail).
The Englishman had apparently been on the radar of the 20-times champions for the past year.
The latest: Red Devils put off
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s ‘no. 1 priority’ in next summer’s transfer window is to sign a defensive midfielder, but the club have been put off by Rice’s price tag.
West Ham are said to be demanding a fee of £90million for the 22-year-old, which the Old Trafford outfit have deemed excessive.
They’re now focused on Leeds’ Phillips, who played in midfield with Rice during England’s run to the final of the European Championships.
The verdict: Massive boost
This underlines the strength of West Ham’s position. Rice has up to four years left on his contract, he’s still young and his stock is higher than ever off the back of the Euros.
It’s no surprise that they’re demanding £90million to ward off suitors, a number which could perhaps rise even further if he drags them into the deeper stages of the Europa League.
What does the player himself think? Well, he might want to test him at the very highest level, but it should be stressed that West Ham are a pretty attractive proposition themselves right now.
At the end of the day, Cross’ update is a massive boost for all involved with the Hammers, especially considering the aforementioned admission from Moyes about his reliance on the fan favourite.
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