By Alan Hutton

16th Sep, 2021 | 11:46am

Hutton: 'Top club' willing to pay big money for West Ham academy product after Rice reveal

Alan Hutton has claimed interested parties would be willing to pay £100million for West Ham star Declan Rice.

The former Spurs defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, lavished praise on the 22-year-old – branding him “one of the best” defensive midfielders in the world.

According to The Sun (September 11th), Rice is attracting attention from Manchester United and Manchester City, with the city rivals preparing to launch bids in 2022.

The report also claims West Ham value the Irons academy product at £100million.

Rice has three years left to run on his contract at the London Stadium.

The combative midfielder started every game during England’s European Championship campaign, as the Three Lions fell to Italy in the final.

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Hutton compared West Ham’s predicament to Aston Villa’s precedent-setting sale of Jack Grealish in the summer.

“It’s a great opportunity for West Ham to be able to ask for £100m for someone who has come through the ranks,” he told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury.

“They’ve obviously seen what’s happened with Jack [Grealish]and the clause in his contract.

“He’s a young, English talent – he’s probably one of the best in his position.

“He has so many years ahead of him, so why would West Ham not demand top dollar for him?

“A top club will be willing to pay £100m.

“He’s young enough that he’s only going to improve – and he’s already played a lot of games at a high level.

“He’ll be on a lot of team’s radars.”

Rice made 35 appearances for the Hammers in all competitions last term as they qualified for the Europa League group stage.

The midfielder came through the youth ranks at Chelsea but moved to West Ham following his release in 2014.

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