By Noel Whelan

30th Sep, 2021 | 12:00pm

Declan Rice will find move 'hard to reject' after West Ham source's update today

Noel Whelan has claimed the Premier League’s top four will be queuing up to sign Declan Rice from West Ham for £90million.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the eight-figure price tag is “about right” for the “exceptional” 22-year-old.

Football Insider revealed on Monday (September 27th) that West Ham are planning to sell Rice for around £90million to avoid him running down his contract at the London Stadium.

An Irons source has updated to reveal the club will try and reopen contract talks after being rebuffed by Rice previously.

However, contingency plans are being drawn up in the eventuality that their star midfielder departs, with his contract expiring in 2024.

Whelan named Chelsea and Manchester United as destinations should the combative midfield battler leave east London.

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“I think every team in the top four will be looking to sign a player like Declan Rice – he’s exceptional,” he told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury.

“There’s only two players in that position in the Premier League that stand out, and that’s Rice and Kalvin Phillips.

“Manchester United, for example, he would step into that squad and really compete with Fred and Nemanja Matic. They would thrive with a player like him.

“But Chelsea, his best mate is there in Mason Mount – so that would be a hard one to reject for him.

“£90million is about right, I’d say, for someone of his quality.”

Rice starred for England during this summer’s Euro 2020 tournament.

He narrowly missed out on Wembley glory in the final against Italy after starting every game of the tournament.

In other news, West Ham tipped to beat Everton to free transfer signing.