Manchester United chief Ed Woodward with Sir Alex Ferguson

Man United have made West Ham star Declan Rice one of their top summer targets, Football Insider understands.

Chelsea have been strongly linked with the 21-year-old as they look to strengthen the defensive side of their team for next season.

A United source has told Football Insider that the club plan to push Chelsea all the way for the signature of Rice.

West Ham face a major battle to hang on to their prize asset regardless of whether they survive Premier League relegation.

Interest in Rice from two of the top flight’s wealthiest clubs could lead to a bidding war.

United have been previously linked with the Hammers man but that was said to have cooled.

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The source added that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have reignited their pursuit of Rice after extensively analysing targets during the lockdown.

Instiguingly, Sir Alex Ferguson is believed to be a big admirer of the versatile Hammers man, who can play in both central defence and midfield.

Rice broke into the West Ham team in his late teens playing in central defence but has operated almost exclusively in a midfield anchorman role in the last two seasons.

He has played every minute of the Hammers’ 35 Premier League matches this term, including Saturday’s 4-0 win over Norwich City.

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