David Moyes says the vultures that have been circling Declan Rice have missed out on a £100 million bargain as West Ham United move on to bigger and better things.

West Ham talisman Rice has been persistently linked with a move away.

Rice is further cementing his status as one of the finest midfielders in Europe with his top class performances for West Ham and England again this season.

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And much to the disdain of West Ham fans, that inevitably means their midfield talisman continues to be linked with a move away to the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea and Man City.

The tired rhetoric that Rice must leave West Ham in order to fulfil his potential has already been proved wrong by the fact he starred for England as they came agonisingly close to winning a first major tournament in 55 years.

Talk of a move away persists much to the disdain of respected journalist Martin Samuel who brilliantly destroyed the argument Rice must leave.

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Samuel absolutely savaged Gary Neville and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer over the public push to line Rice up for Manchester United pointing out the Red Devils are no sure thing anymore when it comes to competing for silverware.

Having led West Ham into the Europa League – after so narrowly missing out on the Champions League – Rice is now spearheading another charge for the top four.

He has also helped the Hammers to a perfect three wins from three in Europe with no goals conceded. As a result one more win from the remaining three group games means West Ham will win the group and qualify for the last 16.

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Rice has taken his game to another level with West Ham this season, being praised by all and sundry.

The player himself reiterated his love for West Ham and spoke about the close bond he has with Moyes this weekend.

Moyes did an interview with Sky Sports ahead of the Tottenham game.

And when Moyes was asked whether he fears Rice’s brilliant performances for West Ham will spark bids when the transfer windows come around, the Scot had a very bullish response.

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David Moyes says Declan Rice vultures have missed out on £100m bargain as West Ham move on

“No I don’t (fear bids for players, particularly Rice),” Moyes told Sky Sports.

“Because you know there was a bargain to be got with Declan at £100 million.

“That bargain’s now gone. So (there you have it).

“We have a lot of really good players at this football club. I think while you’re building and developing I think people might always come and look at your players.

“But it’s good that they are because it’s telling us we’re doing well.”

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