No bargain deals as David Moyes warns Liverpool, Newcastle just how much West Ham want for Declan Rice
David Moyes insists that England midfielder Declan Rice will blow the British transfer record “out of the water” if he ever leaves West Ham.
The 24-year-old turned in a superb individual display as the Hammers fought back to claim a 1-1 draw at in-form Newcastle in the Premier League on Saturday evening.
Chelsea this week set a new mark of £106.8million in bringing in World Cup winner Enzo Fernandez from Benfica. However, Moyes believes the much-admired Rice would go for more than that.
Hammers boss Moyes said: “I don’t know if I need to say the words, I think you can say the words if you watched it the way I saw it. I thought he was a top player in the first half, he really was, he showed so many things.
“Undoubtedly Declan is going to be a top player. Undoubtedly he’ll be a British transfer record if he ever leaves West Ham.”
Moyes still hopeful of long-term Rice stay
Asked if Rice’s departure was inevitable, Moyes said: “I hope it’s not, I hope he sees his time here.
“But look, there’s a lot of talk about it and when you see what’s going about for the prices, I think Dec will be blowing that (British record) out of the water, that’s for sure, when it comes around.”
Liverpool have long been linked with a move for the West Ham star, although Newcastle are also now in the mix for his signature.
Rice’s efforts helped the Hammers secure a creditable point on Tyneside on an afternoon when the Carabao Cup finalists sorely missed the suspended Bruno Guimaraes.
They could hardy have got off to a better start when, with Joe Willock having already seen a first-minute strike correctly ruled out following a VAR review, Callum Wilson ended his 10-game drought after being played through by Sean Longstaff.
However, the Hammers levelled through former Newcastle target Lucas Paqueta and then defended impressively to claim a deserved point.
Moyes’ men are next on action on Saturday when they host Chelsea in the Premier League.
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