Manchester United could launch a £70m bid for Declan Rice in the January transfer window, according to The Mirror.
However, Rice has reiterated that he is happy at West Ham. Man United could try to poach Rice from the Hammers after a poor start to the season but they face two major challenges.
Firstly, West Ham will want to keep Rice at all costs – even if United firm up their interest with a concrete offer. Secondly, Rice will have to be convinced that leaving West Ham is the right decision for his future.
Declan Rice happy at West Ham
Rice said (via The Mirror): “I signed a five-year contract with West Ham last year, which will keep me at [the] club till I’m 24, and for me, this is the best place to be right now. I am playing for a manager who has given me my chance and played me week in week out.
“I’m improving every week and although I see all this speculation, I don’t really think about it too much. It’s all talk until something happens – and nothing has – so I’m just focused on West Ham, doing my best and making fans happy.”
Rice plays a pivotal role in Manuel Pellegrini’s plans. Sitting in front of the back four, the England international provides the defence with some protection and helps West Ham move forward.
The 20-year-old’s importance to this West Ham team, coupled with his potential, means he is worth more than £70m to the club. It is important to keep him happy, too, and he is a real fan favourite in the East End.