Declan Rice’s stance on West Ham exit as Man Utd ‘plan transfer bid and three sales’

Declan Rice will be 'held back' at West Ham says pundit

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Declan Rice isn’t in a hurry to leave West Ham despite interest from Manchester United, according to reports. The England international has been linked with a move to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side ahead of the summer transfer window. But any deal won’t be easy for the Red Devils to broker.

Pressure is mounting on United boss Solskjaer ahead of the summer transfer window, especially in the wake of their crushing defeat to Villarreal on Wednesday night.

And the Red Devils know they require strengthening if they’re to end their agonising wait for the Premier League title.

United have interest in Borussia Dortmund pair Jadon Sancho and Erling Haaland, while the likes of Raphael Varane and Cristiano Ronaldo have also been linked.

The Evening Standard say they’re also planning to lodge a bid for Rice, who helped West Ham qualify for the Europa League with some fine displays this term.

Yet it’s claimed the midfielder, for his part, has ‘no pressing desire’ to leave the London Stadium behind this summer.

West Ham are keen to strike a deal for Jesse Lingard, who sparkled after leaving United behind in January.

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And the Red Devils could agree to let the England international go raise funds for a spending spree, especially with so many good players on their radar.

Lingard may not be the only player to leave, either.

The publication says United are willing to sacrifice Phil Jones and Daniel James, too, who have both failed to kick on this term.

Jones missed the entire campaign through injury and, with a year left on his contract, the Red Devils are hoping to get some cash for their No 4.

And, regarding James, he could be offloaded too – especially if United are successful in bringing Sancho to Old Trafford after four years of interest.

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Speaking after United’s Europa League final defeat, Solskjaer admitted he felt his side needed strengthening to close the gap on their rivals.

“I’ve been delighted with the effort, the desire, the determination of all of the players, I can’t fault them at all,” Solskjaer said.

“We’ve probably done as well as anyone could imagine.

“We are here now, we need to do better, we need to work better, work harder, cleverer.

“But as I said two or three players to strengthen the starting XI and the squad all together is important for us to go even further.

“Because I’m sure our contenders or challengers will also want to improve and we want to improve as much as we can.”

West Ham boss David Moyes said in March that Rice was worth more than £100m in today’s world.

“I don’t agree with the owners that Declan Rice is a £100m footballer. Far, far more than £100m. Far, far more,” said the Scot.

“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.”

Moyes also insisted European football, which has since been achieved, will help them keep hold of Rice.

He added: “Do we need the Champions League to keep Declan? No, because Declan is under contract first and foremost, so he can’t go anywhere no matter what, and I keep saying it and I hope people know that when I say something, I mean it.

“We’ve not had an offer for Declan Rice and I hope we don’t get one.

“And you’ve got an idea now of where we’d need to be if it was even going to be considered, certainly be me.

“If we could finish in Europe, in some sort of European position, I think it would be progress.”

“And that would be progress for Declan Rice as well because he’s been at West Ham while they’ve been bobbing around the bottom, so this is new for Declan as well.”

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