Pundit cites Leeds as West Ham backed to 'cash in' on Rice after source's transfer reveal
Alan Hutton has backed West Ham to “cash in” on Declan Rice next summer for a near-£100million fee.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Scotland defender suggested the Irons are in a similar situation to Leeds United and Kalvin Phillips.
A West Ham source told Football Insider (27th September) the club are planning to sell Rice for around £90million while his stock is high if he continues to refuse a new contract.
The midfielder has knocked back extension offers from the Irons, with his current terms set to expire in 2024.
However, the Daily Star claim Manchester United have ended their interest in Rice to pursue Leeds’ Phillips.
Hutton suggested both West Ham and Leeds face the possibility of their star midfielders leaving next year.
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Asked if cashing in next summer would be the right thing for the Hammers, Hutton told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “Probably. I think so.
“I love what West Ham have done. They’ve done really well in the transfer market, the manager has done a fantastic job.
“But Rice is at a level now, like Kalvin Philips, he’s an England international now, his profile is massive.
“The big teams are hovering so it could be time to cash in. I mean, if we’re talking the best part of £100million, that’s a lot of money.
“Just like Leeds, the big thing is can David Moyes get that money to reinvest in the squad?
“He’s done a great job so far so if he can get that in, I think it’s one of those ones where they’ll part ways and everybody could be happy.
“Well, not everybody, but it does help.”