The Lowdown: GSB plot Rice sale…
As per Football Insider, it appears that a significant update has emerged in the last few days regarding Rice’s future in east London.
Indeed, according to their information, GSB and West Ham are now planning to sell the 22-year-old for around £90m while his stock his high after the player refused to pen fresh terms at the London Stadium.
While they were hoping to get around £100m originally, Rice rejecting offers of a new deal from West Ham will force the club to sell for less.
The Latest: Hutton reacts…
Speaking to Football Insider, the former Premier League defender has dropped his take and believes that the England international could leave if it suits all parties.
When asked if Rice could leave West Ham, Hutton replied: “Probably. I think so.
“I love what West Ham have done. They’ve done really well in the transfer market, the manager has done a fantastic job.
“But Rice is at a level now, like Kalvin Philips, he’s an England international now, his profile is massive.
“The big teams are hovering so it could be time to cash in. I mean, if we’re talking the best part of £100million, that’s a lot of money.
“Just like Leeds, the big thing is can David Moyes get that money to reinvest in the squad?
“He’s done a great job so far so if he can get that in, I think it’s one of those ones where they’ll part ways and everybody could be happy.”
The Verdict: Irreplaceable…
Even for a figure around £90m, if West Ham do indeed to sell for that amount, you can make the argument that Rice is simply irreplaceable to manager David Moyes.
The mainstay, who has started every Premier League game for the Irons so far in 2021/22, has eclipsed all of his West Ham teammates in terms of interceptions per match (2.3), even managing an incredible 94.4% pass accuracy in that time (WhoScored).
It’s little wonder that defender and team-mate Craig Dawson believes Rice is ‘unbelievable’ and a ‘quality’ player (West Ham Q&A), and we certainly think that letting him go could be a big risk, no matter the cost.
In other news: West Ham source: GSB have now set sights on signing ‘outstanding’ star for Moyes, talks already held…find out more here.
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