Danny Mills has claimed that he “wouldn’t be surprised” if West Ham sold Declan Rice at the end of the season. 

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former England international suggested that financial issues that a potential relegation could cause may force the club to sell the midfield sensation amid suitors willing to pay “big, big money”.

Manager David Moyes admitted last week that there was a possibility that the 21-year-old could leave east London in the upcoming summer transfer window.

And Mills believes that the Irons’ precarious league position, coupled with the player’s own personal ambitions, spell an end to his time with the club.

Referring to Moyes’ comments in an interview with Football Insider, the pundit said: “They’re also realistic, because you have to think that if they go down, there’s going to be a huge issue financially for them.

“Does he want to be fighting relegation battles, season in, season out? Probably not.

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“Again it’s big big money, and it’s very very difficult to turn down at times.

“He might want to go. He might be thinking ‘I want to start playing Champions League, enhance my international career’.

“I wouldn’t be surprised, if there’s a huge fee that comes in for him, that he’s allowed to go.”

Rice has been an ever-present for the Hammers so far this season, playing every minute of their 25 Premier League matches to date.

The defensive midfielder has yet to score in the league so far this season, but did register an assist in the 4-0 New Year’s Day win over Bournemouth.

In other West Ham news, ‘He needs to go’ – Noel Whelan urges Hammers to offload int’l after big development.