Manchester United are back on the trail of West Ham midfielder Declan Rice, claims a report.
United were believed to be looking at Rice last summer, which led to the Sunday Express claiming the Hammers had slapped a British record £100million price tag on the head.
That may well have persuaded Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to look elsewhere, but the Norwegian remains keen on adding a holding midfielder to his squad and their interest has peaked once more.
Football Insider claims a “United source” has informed them that the club plan to push for the signature of Rice.
The report claims Sir Alex Ferguson is believed to be a big admirer of the England man and the fact that he can play in central defence too may well be appealing to Solskjaer.
Chelsea are also understood to be keen on the 21-year-old, who is under contract until 2024.
Blues boss Frank Lampard publicly dismissed interest in Rice recently.
Last month Lampard said: “Declan Rice is a good player, you’re right, and I’ve known Declan Rice for a long time, as he was in the Chelsea academy, but there’s no talk.
“I keep saying, about every player we’ll be asked about. Until these games and this season is finished, there’s nothing to say.”
But rumours of Chelsea’s interest remain with The Athletic recently claiming that the west Londoners were thinking of offering Fikayo Tomori on loan in order to sweeten a deal for Rice.
David Moyes and Co. do face a battle to keep Rice though regardless of whether they remain in the Premier League.
Cresswell makes Rice admission
United are expected to come knocking again this summer after “extensively analysing targets during the lockdown”. And if the Hammers are relegated, and they are just two points above the drop zone, it will make United’s chances a lot more favourable.
Cresswell, although keeping his fingers crossed the club can keep his pal, has said Rice would benefit from playing with better players.
Cresswell told talkSPORT: “He’s close to 100 Premier League games already, and I’m not just saying that because he’s a West Ham player and a good mate of mine, but I really do believe he’s one of the top talents in the country.
“I wouldn’t like to see him leave, but if he were to ever leave he would become another level with better players around him.