Danny Mills has insisted Declan Rice would rather join Tottenham than Manchester United this summer due to the Mauricio Pochettino factor.
United have been strongly linked with a mega-money swoop for Rice, with the Times among the outlets claiming he is one of their main targets this window.
Tottenham are also likely to be in the market for a central midfielder as the possibility grows they will listen to offers for anchormen pair Eric Dier and Victor Wanyama.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, Mills claimed United do not have the pull they did in the past for the games’s rising stars and is convinced an in-demand talent like Rice would rather head to the new White Hart Lane.
“If Man United come knocking for Rice, then Arsenal, Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester City could come as well,” Mills said. “If you’ve got the choice between Man United and two clubs in the Champions League next season, where are you going to go? Not Old Trafford.
“Are you going to improve and develop as a player under Ole-Gunnar Solskjaer? Nobody knows. Are you going to improve under Mauricio Pochettino? Yes.
“Man United is not as big a pull as it used to be. There are other teams players would rather play for. Once upon a time, Man United came knocking and off you went.
“A player like Rice, I’m sure he would rather join Spurs than Man United.”
Rice has had an outstanding campaign for West Ham after being converted from a centre-back to a midfield anchorman by Manuel Pellegrini.
He started 34 of the Hammers’ 38 Premier League matches and is set to line up for England in the Nations League semi-finals next month.
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