Phillips: Liverpool's 'mega' swoop for Declan Rice is 'well worth it' and 'no surprise'
West Ham could hold out for a £150million fee for Declan Rice amid strong interest from Liverpool, according to Kevin Phillips.
The former Sunderland striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the 23-year-old can perform at the top level for “the next ten years”.
As quoted by the BBC (1 April), West Ham boss David Moyes claimed Rice is “not for sale” but insisted any potential fee would have to reach a “minimum” of £150million.
Football Insider revealed on Saturday (2 April) that Rice is Jurgen Klopp’s favoured target this summer as he targets a top-class central midfielder.
However, a source with knowledge of Liverpool’s recruitment told this site there is little chance of the German being given the funds by owners Fenway Sports Group to fund a “mega” deal for the England ace.
Phillips insisted it would be no surprise if the midfielder went under the hammer for Moyes’ £150million valuation.
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“He’s got to be worth at least £100million,” he told Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs.
“I’m not sure about that £150million valuation – but who can put a price on what he brings to West Ham?
“At the end of the day, if someone wants him – they’re going to pay it.
“He’s got age on his side. He can bring quality to any top side for the next ten years. That is worth £100million-plus.
“But if West Ham are going to hold out for that £150million – he’s well worth it and I wouldn’t be surprised if someone paid that much.”
Man United, Man City and Chelsea are also believed to have a strong interest in Rice.
Rice is out of contract in June 2024.