West Ham United have been backed for a £90million windfall in January thanks to the desperation of Manchester United.
The Red Devils were heavily linked with a move for West Ham and England star Declan Rice over the summer (The Daily Mail).
Indeed the player himself told the press last week he feels he is good enough to play for the Old Trafford side one day.
Rice also insists he is committed to West Ham, who have looked in good shape so far this season despite a paltry net spend of £25million in the summer.
Under the ownership of the divisive David Sullivan and David Gold West Ham have proved terrible salesmen.
Owners have proved poor salesmen
They got just £25million for Dimitri Payet when he was worth at least double that figure.
And they practically gave away Marko Arnautovic for less than the £25million they paid for him despite lesser players moving on for three times that figure.
West Ham could land themselves a £90million windfall in January, though, according to former Premier League striker Noel Whelan.
Speaking to Football Insider, Whelan believes Manchester United will be the club to give it to them. But the price is Declan Rice.
West Ham backed for £90m deal but the price is Rice
“West Ham have got a really special player on their hands,” Whelan told Football Insider.
“They will struggle to hold on to him, because the big clubs will be hot on his trail. I think Declan Rice could be the next player who goes for a Premier League record fee. We have just seen Harry Maguire go for £80million and I wouldn’t be surprised if Rice goes for more than that, above £90million, even.
“They don’t mind paying over the odds for a player, as we saw in the summer. I could see them looking to get Rice in January.”
Bid would give the two Davids plenty to think about
While nobody connected with West Ham wants to see Rice leave anytime soon – especially not mid-season – every player has his price.
It would certainly give Sullivan and Gold a decision to make if such a bid did land on their desk.
With £90million West Ham realistically could sign three or four quality players.
And that might be the difference between West Ham challenging for the European spots or not.
Time will tell but such talk is even more reason to enjoy Rice while West Ham have him.