Boost for West Ham as player’s entourage reject Newcastle transfer links

Date published: Friday 15th October 2021 7:21 - James Holland

Declan Rice West Ham

The representatives of West Ham star Declan Rice have reportedly dismissed the potential for a switch to Newcastle.

Rice is emerging into one of the Premier League’s best defensive midfielders. He helped the Hammers to qualify for Europe last season by making 35 appearances in all competitions.

The Englishman’s maturity and dogged nature make him a favourite for Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate. He featured in all seven matches on England’s route to the European Championship final.

Rice has been courted by Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City in recent months.

That is despite David Moyes attempting to place a transfer value of more than £100million on his head.

Newcastle seemed to get involved in the pursuit following their huge takeover on October 7. Pundit Rio Ferdinand even urged the Magpies to break the bank for Rice’s signature.

90Min now provide a report on the 22-year-old’s future. They claim that Rice’s entourage have played down rumours with the Tyneside club.

Newcastle have little chance of signing the player in the summer of 2022. Any transfer would only occur with major trophies and accolades in mind, in a similar fashion to Jack Grealish’s transfer to City.

Newcastle are a long way off that mark right now. They currently sit 19th in the Premier League table, having gained just three points from seven matches.

When asked about a move recently, Rice reaffirmed his love for the Hammers.

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“Everyone knows how I feel about West Ham and how I feel about playing under the manager and what it’s like playing with the group of players I’m playing with,” he said.

“I feel you can see in my performances nothing’s up, nothing’s concerning me. I’m playing with a smile on my face, I’m going out there, I’m leading the team.”

West Ham in for ‘new Erling Haaland’

West Ham have been credited with an interest in ‘the next Erling Haaland’. French source Jeunes Footeux write that they want to sign Roko Simic of Red Bull Salzburg.

The teenager has bagged eight goals in 11 matches already this campaign. He is impressing in the Austrian Bundesliga, just like Haaland did between January 2019 and January 2020.

However, Simic’s performances have also been noticed by other big clubs. Tottenham, Real Madrid and Monaco could also launch bids next year.

The centre-forward was born in Italy but has so far represented Croatia at youth level. He has already scored five times in four matches for the country’s U21 side.

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