By Darren Bent

3rd Jun, 2020 | 6:35pm

'Next superstar' - Exclusive: Darren Bent makes claim about 'Coveted' West Ham player

Darren Bent believes West Ham will be able to hold off Declan Rice’s suitors for another year ahead of the summer transfer window.

The former Tottenham and England striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, suggests the 21-year-old is seen by many clubs as the “next superstar” defensive midfielder.

The Independent report that Manchester United have set their sights on a potential deal for Rice this summer, although he is said to be a lower-priority target at Old Trafford.

The West Ham ace has also been linked with Chelsea, Arsenal and Real Madrid over the past month, with a £70million price tag said to be on his head.

However, Bent believes the Hammers will be able to ward off interest in their star man for another season.

“I think West Ham will be able to hold onto him,” Bent told Football Insider.

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“It is a difficult one with Declan Rice because he is a very good player and it’s a position where a lot of people are looking for the next superstar to play in there.

“He’s well coveted, is Declan Rice, but I’d like to see West Ham keep hold of him for another year, if not longer, and then maybe after go. It’d be nice to see Declan Rice play another season there and do really well.” 

Rice, who has come through the Hammers’ youth ranks after leaving Chelsea, has played 100 times for the Irons to date.

He has also earned seven caps for England, having swapped international allegiances from the Republic of Ireland to the Three Lions back in 2019.

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