Reliable West Ham United insider ExWHUemployee has responded to a new conspiracy theory rumour regarding Declan Rice and Manchester City.
Rice is West Ham’s most important player and has become one of the first names on Gareth Southgate’s England teamsheet too.
But whether the Hammers can hold on to their talisman long-term is another matter. And now Man City are said to be taking a serious interest.
Man City interest in Rice intensifies
Rice has been consistently linked with moves away from West Ham to Chelsea, Man United and Man City.
This week speculation has been rife over Pep Guardiola’s interest in the central midfield star (The Times).
Rice has missed the last five weeks through injury. And it seems that, coupled with the reports of interest from Manchester City, has sparked a new conspiracy theory rumour over his future.
When West Ham fans want answers they often turn to club insider ExWHUemployee.
West Ham insider responds to conspiracy theory rumour that Rice to Man City has already been agreed in secret
It was put to the anonymous Hammers source that a deal between West Ham and Man City has already been agreed at an inflated price with a secret agreement that West Ham do not play Rice for the rest of the season.
The rumour also states that West Ham will be getting a mystery player from Man City in return.
And Ex has emphatically responded with a one-word answer after being asked if there was any truth to the claims.
“Zero,” ExWHUemployee said on Twitter.
Keeping Rice out of the side would clearly damage West Ham’s Champions League hopes.
Qualification for Europe’s top competition would be worth millions to West Ham in itself.
Claim would not make sense for West Ham as Man City dent Hammers Champions League dreams
Ironically Man City massively damaged West Ham’s Champions League dream when Guardiola played a reserve side in a 2-1 home defeat to Chelsea on Saturday night.
Sergio Aguero’s pathetic Panenka penalty was easily saved with Man City 1-0 up and Chelsea went on to turn the game around.
That leaves West Ham five points adrift of the top four ahead of today’s crucial game against Everton.
Rice has been rated as 50/50 to return for the match – although it is felt Brighton next weekend or West Brom after that will be more likely.