90 Min claimed earlier this week that Tottenham want to sign West Ham ace Declan Rice this summer.
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But the potential £70 million deal is surely an absolute non-starter.
The 21-year-old is an incredibly important player for the Hammers. And he is under contract at the London Stadium until the summer of 2024.
The Standard claims that West Ham might be interested in selling Rice, but for no less than £70 million.
Now that is a massive amount of money for a team like Tottenham to lay out. But even if Spurs could afford that fee, they would surely have no chance dealing with the Hammers.
Bitter rivals on and off the pitch
Relations between the two London rivals have never been great. And there has not been a transfer between the two clubs since Scott Parker swapped east London for north London in 2013.
West Ham co-owner David Gold said he would never to do business with Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy again after a transfer saga involving striker Emmanuel Adebayor. The Spurs supremo allegedly intervened at the 11th hour to prevent Adebayor’s deadline day move to east London back in 2015.
Gold said at the time (as reported by the likes of The Mirror):
“No matter how hard you try, there are people out there that you just can’t do business with.”
And then more recently, Levy reportedly blocked Victor Wanyama’s move to West Ham, according to Football Insider, with the 58-year-old apparently telling the Hammers owners that two can play that game.
And that viewpoint will surely come back to bite Levy.
West Ham will not want to lose Rice at any cost. But they might have to sell him considering the financial ramifications caused by the global health crisis.
That doesn’t mean the Hammers will do business with Tottenham, however.
David Sullivan and David Gold would probably prefer to sell the talented England international to another club for a cheaper fee, in order to spite Spurs.
Tottenham are heading up a blind alley if they are indeed interested in Rice. They shouldn’t bother wasting their time.