Man United target Rice is 'ready' for £100m move after fresh news - pundit

By Noel Whelan

4th Jan, 2022 | 11:49am

Declan Rice 'ready' to complete Man United move after West Ham source's £90m reveal today - pundit

Declan Rice is “ready” to move to Man United after his “consistently good” performances for West Ham, according to Noel Whelan.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the Red Devils “won’t be getting a discount” on the 22-year-old even if the Irons can’t secure European football this term.

According to the Sun (3 January), Man United’s hopes of landing Rice have been given a “major boost” with West Ham slipping behind in the race for Champions League football.

The report claims Ralf Rangnick’s side are laying the groundwork ahead of a mammoth bid at the end of the season.

A West Ham source has told Football Insider today that Rice is valued at £90million rather than his previous £100m after he rejected a new contract.

Whelan insisted Rice would be an ideal upgrade on contract rebel Paul Pogba.

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“They might be confident of getting him, but they certainly won’t be getting a discount – that’s for sure,” he told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury.

“A player of his calibre demands a huge amount of money. It’s as simple as that. Declan Rice is a superstar and ready to play for Man United, Man City – any team in the Premier League.

“He’s been consistently good for a number of seasons, captain for West Ham. He’d be perfect for a number of top sides.

“If it is Man United, they’ll get a lot more out of him than they have out of Pogba. That is guaranteed.

“West Ham won’t be willing to let him go for less even if they finish outside those European spots. It’s just not going to happen.”

Sixth-place Man United sit three points behind West Ham with a game in hand.

England international Rice recently made his 150th Premier League appearance for the Irons.

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