Former West Ham And Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp believes Manchester United or Manchester City would be Declan Rice’s likeliest destination if he ever decides to leave the Hammers.
Redknapp feels that the 22-year-old is unlikely to be moving away from the London Stadium any time soon, and he doesn’t think Chelsea would be in the running, as he can’t see the Blues paying a sizeable sum for a player who left their academy seven years ago:
“He’s very much a massive part of the team at West Ham. It’s a great club to be at and unless he’s going to go Man City, maybe Man United or whatever. He’s been at Chelsea as a kid so I think that’d be [a] difficult one for them, to spend the money having given him away when he was young. So I think he’s in a great place at West Ham. I’d like to see him stay there long-term.”
Most reports suggest that West Ham value Rice in excess of £100m, and it remains to be seen whether United or any other team would consider making an offer anywhere close to that figure.
It does appear as though the Red Devils may well be looking at cheaper alternatives ahead of the January transfer window, with both Marseille’s Boubacar Kamara and RB Leipzig’s Amadou Haidara having been linked very recently.
Neither of those targets, however, possess the same level of potential as Rice, who Redknapp describes as being “as good as any midfield player in the country”.