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Midfielder touted as West Ham's Declan Rice replacement is confirmed as being out for the season
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Midfielder touted as West Ham's Declan Rice replacement is confirmed as being out for the season

Midfielder touted as West Ham’s Declan Rice replacement is confirmed as being out for the season following a serious injury.

American star Weston McKennie is the man David Moyes allegedly wants to replace Rice at West Ham if he leaves.

Rice’s West Ham future has been the subject of much debate and incessant speculation for the last two years.

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Rumours of a big money move to the likes of Chelsea, Manchester United or even Real Madrid have increased since the West Ham midfielder admitted he wants to win “everything in the game” in an interview with The Overlap.

That has once again intensified in the last week after Rice told The Evening Standard his desire to play in the Champions League and win silverware was “urgent” after picking up the London Player of the Year award.

West Ham fans understandably dread the day Rice may eventually leave.

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If and when he does, rumours have persisted for some time that Moyes already has his potential replacement lined up for West Ham.

According to longstanding reports, that man is Juventus and USA midfielder McKennie (BeSoccer and Tuttosport).

It is becoming an increasingly realistic prospect that Rice could leave the London Stadium this summer should the Hammers not make the Champions League and a top club meet West Ham’s asking price.

When West Ham were linked with McKennie again back in August, The Times claimed he would cost around £40-45m. Other reports suggest Juve value him at closer to £25-30m.

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The Texas-born 23-year-old was described as a ‘brilliantly bright’ midfielder by Bundesliga’s official website in the past.

The American is an incredibly industrious, hard-working and energetic central midfielder.

But any West Ham move for McKennie may now be off.

That’s after Juventus boss Max Allegri confirmed the brilliant young midfielder will be out until next season.

As previously reported by Hammers News, McKennie suffered a serious looking injury in Juve’s Champions League tie against Villarreal two weeks ago.

There were initial hopes the alleged West Ham target may make it back before the end of the season.

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Midfielder touted as West Ham’s Declan Rice replacement is confirmed as being out for the season

But now the Serie A giants have announced the midfielder will not be back until next season after scans showed a compound fracture of the second and third metatarsal bones of his left foot.

“Unfortunately, we’ll see him again next season,” Allegri told reporters (Football Italia).

McKennie has now returned to the USA and has spent the last few days in Los Angeles where he watched a LA Lakers’ game two days ago and Los Angeles FC vs Portland Timbers in MLS.

West Ham fans believe he would be exactly the sort of signing they need if and when Rice does depart.

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But the concern is that some metatarsal injuries can weaken the area sparking concerns of re-injury in the future.

Plenty of players have come back from metatarsal breaks and fractures in the past, though.

If Moyes remains interested despite the injury it could represent a big risk. Although West Ham’s famously detailed medicals would surely pick anything troublesome up if and when the day comes that the US star did arrive in east London.

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