Declan Rice will be 'held back' at West Ham says pundit
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Manchester United will be on red alert following comments made by David Moyes on Declan Rice. The Hammers boss has admitted he wants the midfielder to stay, but that the club WILL listen to offers should they arrive this summer. And Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is already in agreement with John Murtough and Darren Fletcher about a blockbuster deal.
Manchester United have several priorities ahead of the summer transfer window.
A new striker is wanted, with Erling Haaland their top target, following the struggles of Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood this term.
A right-back is being eyed to provide competition for Aaron Wan-Bissaka, whose path to Solskjaer’s starting XI is far too clear for the club’s liking.
And, in midfield, United are eyeing a new anchorman.
Though Fred and Scott McTominay have done well enough this season, the Red Devils know they require more if they’re to win the Premier League title for the first time since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement.
And, behind the scenes, Rice is of interest.
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West Ham boss Moyes has revealed the club will listen to offers for the England international this summer, despite their desire to see him stay at the London Stadium.
“Yes, any club can make offers for players, but we’ve not had any big offers. I hope we don’t get any but, if we do, like any other club, we would consider them,” said Moyes.
“I’ve said with Declan, it would take the Bank of England and the Royal Bank of Scotland to get him. It will have to be the Bank of Czech as well for Tomas!”
“I hope we can make the Champions League but, if we don’t, I don’t see that has to be the reason that we can keep them.
“The biggest thing any footballer wants to see is the club makes progress and individually they are making progress.”
And United boss Solskjaer has already agreed with Murtough and Fletcher that Rice would be a good signing for the club.
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However, whether they actively pursue the 22-year-old at the end of the campaign remains to be seen.
West Ham would likely demand £100million or more for the midfielder, who has helped them up to seventh in the Premier League table.
Yet United may not choose to pay it with other targets on their radar, and given Fred and McTominay’s fine showings this term.
Meanwhile, regarding Murtough and Fletcher, United legend Rio Ferdinand has opened up on the pair.
“He is on the football pitch, got his boots on and working with the first team every day and he’ll be the person who plugs back into John Murtough from a football perspective when they’re recruiting players and the type of player they want,” he said on BT Sport.
“I think it’s just having that real football energy that comes from the training field and understands the squad totally – from a day-to-day perspective – to then feed it for when they’re recruiting, when all the different departments are feeding back into John Murtough and how that looks from the football pitch.
“That connection I think could be a good partnership.”
Ferdinand also insisted that Solskjaer would continue to have the final say on transfer business.
“Until now, you’ve had Matt Judge doing the negotiations with the players and you’ve had Ed Woodward being a part of that,” he added.
“There’s maybe not been anybody overseeing that and I think that’s where John Murtough will come in and oversee all those different departments.
“At the end of the day, regardless of all that going on, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer still has the final say on a player.
“When they’re all recruiting and all the data comes in and yes they’ve all agreed in the department on a player, still the same person has to green light it and that’s Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and that’s an unwavering position for the football club.
“I think that’s the right way to go but the bedrock of it all is the Man United philosophy coming to the fore.
“This is the type of player Manchester United want; the type of characters you want in the changing room.
“The manager might change but that philosophy won’t and I think that’s been something that wasn’t there in the years since Sir Alex Ferguson left. When you had [Louis] Van Gaal, when you had [Jose] Mourinho.
“Their philosophy was being the overriding factor, rather than Man United’s and I think that will be a big difference.”
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