A West Ham insider has responded to new rumours about Newcastle United lining up a record move for Hammers talisman Declan Rice.
When Newcastle became the richest club in the world overnight earlier this season, it was inevitable they would be linked with some of the best players in Europe.
And West Ham star Rice is certainly one of those.
Back in October speculation was doing the rounds that Rice – along with West Ham teammate Tomas Soucek – was one of several top stars Newcastle wanted to splash their Saudi cash on (90Min).
Despite Newcastle’s unrivalled new wealth such talk seemed laughable and representatives of West Ham’s captain soon made it clear he was not motivated by money and therefore was in no way interested in a move to St James’s Park.
It would be a massive backwards step of course.
West Ham insider responds to new rumours about record Declan Rice Newcastle move
And the Magpies are looking nailed on for relegation with a pathetic return of just 10 points nearing the halfway stage of the season.
Well with the January transfer window just a couple of weeks away, the usual tittle tattle has started in earnest.
One West Ham fan claimed on Twitter that he had been told by THREE separate London cab drivers that Newcastle are set to table a record £135m bid for Rice in the January window.
Presumably working on the premise there is no smoke without fire, the Hammers fan put the rumours to West Ham insider ExWHUemployee.
And he issued a bold seven-word response to the speculation.
“No he is too good for them,” ExWHUemployee said on Twitter.
Rice is clearly too good for Newcastle, particularly given they are well on course for relegation.
They are a proud, historic club. And money talks in football. But this is one rumour that is not worth the cab fare.
Plus West Ham are not short of a few quid themselves after the arrival of Czech billionaire Daniel Kretinsky.
The Hammers hierarchy are fully prepared to make Rice the highest paid player in West Ham’s history. But the player wants Champions League football long-term so his future undeniably rests on West Ham’s ability to deliver that.