Chelsea and Man Utd target Declan Rice signals transfer intent with latest West Ham twist

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Declan Rice has reportedly turned down two contract offers from West Ham, leaving Chelsea and Manchester United ready to step in to secure their long-term transfer target. 

Rice had an excellent season with the Hammers last term and helped them to qualify for the Europa League. 

He would have been ever-present had his campaign not been hindered by a knee injury suffered while playing for England in March. 

The 22-year-old missed six matches but returned for the final three matches of the season. 

David Moyes’ side finished sixth in the Premier League and will play in the Europa League next term for the first time since 2016. 

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Rice played a key role in West Ham’s success. The likes of Chelsea and Man Utd have kept tabs on his progress.

The England international – who has impressed at Euro 2020 – departed the Blues as a 14 and signed for West Ham. He made his first team debut on the final day of the 2016-17 season.  

Both Chelsea and Man Utd are keen on signing a midfielder this summer and have Rice at the top of their wish lists. 

West Ham boss David Moyes has said that Rice will play an important part in their Europa League campaign next season. 

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However, the Telegraph understands that he has turned down two recent contract offers by the Hammers and would be willing to listen to proposals from other clubs. 

Rice still has three years remaining on a six-year contract he signed in 2018 and feels that there is no rush to agree fresh terms. 

The Evening Standard add that Rice is wary of being stuck with the same contract dilemma that has prevented both Harry Kane and Wilfried Zaha leaving Tottenham and Crystal Palace, respectively. 

Kane and Zaha are midway through long-term contracts and their clubs hold most of the power over their futures. 

England captain Kane has expressed his desire to leave Spurs this summer in search of silverware. 

Manchester City are believed to be the likeliest destination. 

Meanwhile, West Ham’s owners reportedly slapped a £100m price tag on Rice but boss Moyes disagrees with the valuation.   

The Scot feels that the Kingston-born midfielder is an invaluable asset. 

“I don’t agree with the owners that Declan Rice is a £100m footballer,” the 58-year-old said in March. 

“Far, far more than £100m. Far, far more.  

“I look at the players who have joined some clubs from overseas and come in and nowhere near had the impact Declan Rice would have. 

“I certainly wouldn’t put a price on it. You can decide which figure you want to put on it but I wouldn’t be sanctioning anything like that, that’s for sure.”
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