West Ham: Agbonlahor hits back with two-word verdict after Rice update

By Gabriel Agbonlahor

29th Dec, 2022 | 9:34am

Declan Rice is '100% gone' as West Ham transfer news confirmed - Agbonlahor

Gabby Agbonlahor has insisted Declan Rice is “100% gone” in the summer despite David Moyes promising a “big fight” to keep him at West Ham.

The former Aston Villa striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the 23-year-old could end up at boyhood club Chelsea at the end of the 2022-23 campaign.

As quoted by the Daily Mail (26 December), Moyes insisted West Ham will put up a “big fight” to keep Rice at the club beyond this summer and claimed the Londoners won’t “roll over” in negotiations.

The Irons boss has previously valued the England star at over £150million.

Liverpool, Man City, Man United, and Chelsea are all believed to be interested in Rice – who is out of contract at West Ham in June 2024.

He has captained the Hammers in each of their 16 Premier League games this season and started all five games for England at the World Cup.

Agbonlahor told Football Insider’s Ewan Kingsbury: “I think he’s 100% gone in the summer.

“Now it just becomes about getting the best deal for the club.

“I can see him at Chelsea – maybe that’s why Jorginho is being allowed to move on.

“I just don’t see him staying any longer. Sometimes players outgrow a football club, and it’s pretty clear that Rice has bigger aspirations than what West Ham are capable of.”

Speaking during a press conference while away at the World Cup with England, Rice reaffirmed his desire to “play Champions League football and win the biggest trophies”.

West Ham are 16th in the Premier League but have the latter stages of the Europa Conference League to look forward to in the New Year.

In other news, pundit “worried” for David Moyes after West Ham source’s David Sullivan update.