Paper Talk: Man Utd eyeing £70m swoop for midfield lynchpin

Date published: Sunday 13th October 2019 9:28

James Maddison; Declan Rice TEAMtalk

Manchester United could spend up to £70m to bring in a key midfield target, while a Manchester City man is in line for a new deal at the club – all in Sunday’s newspapers.



Manchester United are prepared to spend up to £70m to bring West Ham midfielder Declan Rice to Old Trafford, according to a report.

Rice, who has played a big part in West Ham’s solid start to the season having featured in all eight of West Ham’s Premier League games so far, has been linked with a move up north for a number of months.

According to the Sunday Mirror, United are keeping tabs on the 20-year-old ahead of a potential swoop in the January transfer window, a swoop which could amount to £70m.

Speaking to the newspaper, however, Rice insisted that he was happy in East London, saying: “I signed a five year contract with West Ham last year, which will keep me at club till I’m 24, and for me this is the best place to be right now.

“I am playing for a manager who has given me my chance and played me week in week out. I’m improving every week and although I see all this speculation, I don’t really think about it too much.

“It’s all talk until something happens – and nothing has – so I’m just focussed on West Ham, doing my best and making fans happy.”

United return to action next Sunday when they host Liverpool at Old Trafford in the Premier League.


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Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho, whose contract at the Etihad Stadium runs out at the end of the season, is in line to receive a 12-month extension (Sun on Sunday)

United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants the club to take a fresh approach to scouting talent by using the Madrid-based company Driblab (Mail on Sunday)

Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil, who has been struggling for game time at the Emirates this season, has cost the club £19,718 a minute so far this term (Mail on Sunday)

Wolves are interested in signing Galatasaray defender Christian Luyindama, who was formerly on Aston Villa’s radar (Birmingham Mail)

West Ham goalkeeper Lucasz Fabianski is set for three months on the sidelines having undergone surgery on his hip (Evening Standard)



The Hammers have said that they refuse to sell the naming rights of the London Stadium to “inappropriate” alcohol, gaming and tobacco companies, despite such a move costing £25m a year in losses (Mail on Sunday)

West Ham have ruled out selling naming rights for the London Stadium to “inappropriate” alcohol, gambling and tobacco companies despite £25m a year losses.

Newcastle have already put plans in place for the January transfer window in a bid to help boss Steve Bruce with the club’s recruitment drive (Newcastle Chronicle)

Bristol City manager Lee Johnson wants to have another go at bringing Arsenal striker Eddie Nkeitah to the club, with the attacker currently struggling for game time while on loan at Leeds United (Sun on Sunday)

Former England boss Sven Goran-Eriksson says he still struggles to deal with the role the media played in his Three Lions sacking (Sunday Times)

Derby County owner Mel Morris wants £60m if he is to sell the Championship club (Sun on Sunday)


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