West Ham set reserve price tag after huge Declan Rice future decision

Date published: Monday 27th September 2021 11:58 - Matthew Briggs

Declan Rice West Ham v Leeds celebrating September 2021

West Ham have made a decision on Declan Rice’s future and will sell the England man for around £90m in 2022, claims a report.

The midfielder’s future has been in the spotlight for the last 18 months. And the 22-year-old’s performances at Euro 2020 only emphasized Rice’s burgeoning development.

The player is understood to have turned down two contract offers from West Ham earlier in the summer. The Guardian also claimed Rice had asked to be informed of any bids amid interest from Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City.

Rice has just short of two years remaining on his existing deal, but with no prospect of him penning a new contract West Ham have been forced into a decision.

And according to Football Insider, the Hammers board have opted to try and cash in on Rice to the tune of £90m rather than see his value plummet with his contract running down.

West Ham wanted £100m-plus in the summer and that put off buyers.

Manchester United are believed to have started to look elsewhere such was West Ham’s stance.

ESPN reporter Mark Ogden, believes United officials are not so convinced Rice is the right man for United. They are said to be looking for alternatives with the price tag a big factor.


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Moyes challenge to Rice

David Moyes’ men have not given up on Rice just yet and are expected to continue with talks.

But, per the source, they are also planning for the future and “scouring the market for a potential replacement”.

Moyes will be loathed to lose the 26-cap midfielder and recently challenged him to establish himself in Europe.

After the 2-0 win against Dinamo Zagreb, Moyes said: “What he has tried to do is take himself to the next level. He is a terrific player who is getting better.

“He was the captain of West Ham in Europe away from home and he scored a goal. You must not forget he is 22-years-old, a young boy with a big future.”

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