According to a report from the Independent, West Ham ace Declan Rice is currently not a top priority transfer target for Manchester United. But that could all change very quickly.

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The 21-year-old is an incredibly important player for the Hammers.

He has arguably been their best and most consistent player over the past two seasons.

And David Moyes will be desperate to keep Rice at the London Stadium.

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Declan Rice (Photo by Arfa Griffiths/West Ham United FC via Getty Images)

That could prove to be difficult, however, with teams like Manchester United sniffing around the England international.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to bring the young West Ham talent to Old Trafford, according to the Daily Mail.

The Daily Star claimed earlier this year that the Hammers will not sell Rice for anything less than £80 million.

 

That valuation of the 21-year-old has surely changed, however, considering the financial impact of the global health crisis.

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Declan Rice (Photo by Rob Newell – CameraSport via Getty Images)

West Ham fans will certainly be concerned that the 21-year-old could leave this summer.

Stats

Rice has made 100 appearances for the Hammers, racking up two goals and three assists in the process (Transfermarkt).

In 90 Premier League appearances for West Ham, the seven-capped England international has racked up 221 tackles, 140 interceptions, 165 clearances and 610 ball recoveries (premierleague.com).

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Declan Rice (Photo by Rob Newell – CameraSport via Getty Images)

Those numbers prove how crucial the young midfielder is to the Hammers.  And losing him to Manchester United would undoubtedly be a major blow for the east London side.

The Independent has suggested that Rice is not a priority target for the Red Devils, however. It is also claimed that that situation could change though, much like it did with Bruno Fernandes in January.

All we can do is hope that Rice stays with us. The harsh reality, however, is that if Manchester United do in fact come in for the 21-year-old, West Ham will find it incredibly hard to keep hold of the talented youngster.

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