According to a report from Claret and Hugh, West Ham boss David Moyes is open to selling Declan Rice in the summer, irrespective of which division his side are competing in, but he will demand at least £90 million for the England international.
The 21-year-old has arguably been the Hammers’ best player since the start of the 2018/19 campaign.
Over the past 20 months or so, Rice has shown a certain level of maturity that defies his tender years.
He always brings 100 per cent commitment and effort with him to the pitch. Many West Ham players deserve criticism for their performances and aptitude this season, but Rice is certainly not one of them.
And the England international’s performances have obviously not gone unnoticed.
According to the Daily Star, Manchester United are interested in signing Rice this summer. The British tabloid claims that the Hammers would demand £80 million for the defensive midfielder.
And now reliable club insiders Claret and Hugh have suggested that Moyes would be open to selling the young star, but for no less than £90 million.
Despite West Ham’s struggles this season, Rice has maintained his impressive performance levels. And he is so important to the east London outfit.
In 25 Premier League appearances this season, he has made 78 tackles, 51 interceptions, 221 ball recoveries and 31 clearances. The 21-year-old has won 148 duals and 35 aerial battles. Rice has also not made one single error leading to a goal for the opposition (premierleague.com).
It is clear to see from those stats just how important the Englishman is to the Hammers, certainly from a defensive perspective.
Should West Ham receive a £90 million bid for Rice’s services, however, it will be incredibly difficult to turn down.
And Moyes alluded to this, when speaking to the Express earlier this month:
“In my mind he is arguably the best holding midfield player in the country. Declan is carrying a lot of the team at the moment and he’s the one who will carry on from Mark Noble when it comes to an end for him. Quite often when building a club you have to sell. I hope it’s not the case with Declan but I said the same with Wayne Rooney and Joleon Lescott [at Everton]. But the team got better because we were able to sign the right players to replace them. If that ever came around [Rice leaving] I’d hope we’d be able to do the same here as well.”
Only time will tell what happens with Rice. But West Ham fans will undoubtedly be worried about the prospect of losing the defensive midfielder in the summer. Especially if the Hammers are relegated down to the Championship this season.