West Ham United have ‘confirmed’ to journalist Tom Clark that they never received a bid for Declan Rice and value him at a minimum of £100million.
The Lowdown: High demand for midfielder
His Euro 2020 performances, where he and Kalvin Phillips both impressed, have only seen the rumours increase around the 22-year-old.
The player has been hailed ‘excellent‘ by BBC pundit Alan Shearer previously and he has become a leader in David Moyes’ side, as they finished sixth in the Premier League last season.
The Latest: No less than £100million
According to football.london journalist Tom Clark, Chelsea and City will have to cough up more than £100million to begin negotiations with the Hammers, with Rice having three years remaining on his current contract.
Clark stated on his Twitter: “What I have been told is he is happy, not for sale & West Ham confirmed to me they’ve never received an offer for him & aren’t open to one.
“£100m is value West Ham have put on him.”
The Verdict: Huge boost for Moyes
Rice’s importance to the West Ham squad is indisputabl. Last season he played 32 games for the Hammers, completing 88% of his passes, making 1.8 interceptions per game, 1.8 tackles per game and completing 85% of his dribbles.
Moyes saying Rice is worth more than £100million is a testament to the academy graduate and his rise to be a regular in England’s midfield, while it also shows exactly how happy the manager will be to know the club are backing his strong stance.
His career so far warrants a chance to prove himself at the top level in the Champions League and a move to the likes of Chelsea would do this, but the Hammers have every right to demand an astronomical fee given his incredible rise in the past few years.
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