Manchester City are considering a bid for West Ham wonder kid Declan Rice, according to The Sun.

Rice is a key player at West Ham but that has caught the attention of Manchester City.

Pep Guardiola is looking for his long-term replacement for Fernandinho and Rice is the ideal candidate.

With Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho turning 34 before the end of the season, the Citizens are hoping to bring in fresh blood.

Teenager Rice could be Fernandinho’s successor at The Etihad Stadium for many years to come.

Declan Rice

Declan Rice is one of the first names on the team-sheet at West Ham. (Photo by Rob Newell – CameraSport via Getty Images)

Rice is widely considered by West Ham fans to be one of the brightest prospects to emerge from the academy in years.

The 19-year-old made his debut on the final day of the 2016/17 season and then played 31 times last season.

Having won West Ham’s Young Hammer of the Year accolade for the past two seasons, Rice was tipped for a big 2018/19 campaign.

 

And the three-cap Republic of Ireland international has not disappointed.

With 22 appearances under his belt this season, the West Ham starlet has cemented his place in the starting line-up.

Featuring as a holding midfielder, Rice has demonstrated his ability to break up play, hit a range of passes and show composure on the ball.

Rice plays like an experienced professional, rather than a teenager just making his way into the game.

West Ham or Manchester City?

There are arguments on both sides. At West Ham, Rice is settled and has guaranteed game time every week.

The talented teenager recently signed a new long-term deal at The London Stadium and is adored by the fans.

But under Guardiola, Rice could take his career to the next level.

West Ham fans would hate it but Rice is destined for the top and the lure of Manchester City might be too tempting to resist for the youngster.

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