David Moyes says West Ham are inspired by bitter rivals Tottenham Hotspur and the transfer stance they adopted.
West Ham not only closed the gap on Tottenham in recent seasons but surpassed their London rivals with domestically and in Europe.
This season West Ham and Spurs are vying with the likes of Arsenal and Man United for the European places.
But the Hammers also have a mouthwatering Europa League quarter-final on the horizon over the next two weeks.
Tottenham look like they are starting to build up a head of steam under Antonio Conte, though.
And Spurs beat the Hammers 3-1 in a big six-pointer in the race for the European spots before the international break.
If Harry Kane is the talisman for Tottenham then the same is true of Declan Rice at West Ham.
Rice has been absolutely central to the brilliant West Ham team Moyes has built over the last two years.
But as Tottenham and West Ham have found out, having a world class talent on your hands invites incessant speculation of links to other so-called bigger clubs.
Rice seems to have taken Kane’s place as the most talked about player in transfer gossip columns.
The likes of Man City and Man United were being heavily linked with Kane last summer with the former seeing FOUR bids of £100m plus rejected by Spurs.
But Kane – against the odds it has to be said – remains at Tottenham.
Rice has been linked with both of the Manchester clubs too as well as Real Madrid, Chelsea and Liverpool.
West Ham boss David Moyes has always insisted anyone wanting to take Rice from West Ham will have to pay “Bank of England and Bank of Scotland money” to do so.
The Hammers are said to value Rice at £150m – a similar figure to the one Spurs reportedly place on Kane’s head.
The valuation has led to fervent debate among football fans and pundits.
But the Hammers boss is taking a very hard stance on Rice’s West Ham future.
And Moyes says West Ham are inspired by rivals Tottenham and the way they handled the Kane situation in ‘a different way’ (BBC Sport).
“The first thing to say is that he is not for sale,” Moyes told BBC Sport.
“But if you are interested, it will be north of that, because £100m was cheap last summer and £150m just now would be minimum – but he is not for sale…
“I look at what Tottenham did with Harry Kane, albeit it in a different way. They said, ‘no, there is a price and if someone wants to pay the price, then we’d probably do it. If they don’t then he’s not going anywhere’.
“That’s it, they have kept him. In many ways, the football clubs are the people in charge, they’ve got the contracts.
“There will be times when players have got the power, but at the moment we have got Declan on the best part of a three-and-a-half-year contract – just like Tottenham have got Harry Kane on a contract and they control what happens.”
Well said Moyes. There is no love lost between West Ham and Tottenham on the terraces or in the respective boardrooms.
But fair play to Spurs for setting a precedent and hanging on to Kane.
What people fail to understand is that West Ham and Tottenham have put these valuations on their star men because that is their worth to the club and they don’t want others to be able to easily afford their top player.