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'I'm told': Journalist delivers truly massive Declan Rice update
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'I'm told': Journalist delivers truly massive Declan Rice update

Manchester United scouts have been told to identify alternative options to West Ham United star Declan Rice in the club’s search for a defensive midfielder next summer according to an update from ESPN journalist Mark Ogden.

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The 22-year-old has been sensational for the Hammers over the past two or three years.

Rice’s fine form has attracted the attention of Manchester United with the Red Devils allegedly prepared to pay big money in order to bring him to Old Trafford (ESPN).

The West Ham fans absolutely adore Declan. And losing him next summer is a prospect that doesn’t bear thinking about.

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The Hammers fans may feel a little bit more at ease about the 22-year-old’s future at the London Stadium this afternoon.

David Moyes certainly won’t want to let him go. And it seems as though Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may be eyeing up alternative transfer targets.

Highly respected ESPN journalist Mark Ogden said:

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“United need to find a top class defensive midfielder and Rice is on their list. But I am told that he’s not at the top of their list because United feel that the price is too high. West Ham are asking for £90 million or so for him. The situation is that yes Manchester United are after Declan Rice but the feeling is that they can sign a less expensive version.”

So it seems as though Rice will not be going to Manchester United as long as the West Ham owners stand firm and demand in excess of £90/100 million.

The Hammers board obviously need to prove that the club can match Dec’s footballing ambitions as well.

Mark Ogden breaks down Declan Rice and Manchester United situation:

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So if they back Moyes in the transfer market in January and next summer, there is no reason why Declan Rice won’t be a West Ham player next season.