By Alan Hutton

30th Sep, 2021 | 8:00am

Pundit thrilled as West Ham open talks to sign 23-yr-old from giants as door opens for Rice exit

Alan Hutton has claimed West Ham are preparing to sell Declan Rice after opening talks to sign Weston McKennie from Juventus.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Scotland defender admitted he would love to see the USA international in the Premier League.

As revealed by Football Insider (28th September), the 23-year-old is West Ham’s leading midfield target and work is underway over a deal.

Talks have taken place between officials at both clubs, with Juve believed to be open to a deal.

McKennie joined the Italian giants in an £18million deal this summer after spending last season on loan from Schalke.

Hutton admitted he would be thrilled to see the midfielder take Rice’s place in east London.

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“He definitely burst onto the scene with Juventus,” Hutton told Football Insider’s Russell Edge.

“He came from nowhere and I remember saying: ‘Who’s this boy?’

“He’s a fantastic player. His stock’s rising, a player that’s maybe not played as much as he’d want this season.

“An opportunity to move to a club in the English Premier League could be a good move for him.

“You know what it’s like, clubs plan ahead. They will know inside what’s going to happen with Declan Rice.

“Whether they are going to be able to get him to sign a new deal or they’re going to cash in, they have to have plans. They will have plan A, B and C moving forward.

“The fans will demand it. They will demand if Rice is to move on they bring in another player that can play that position to a high standard.

“I’m sure they’ve got more than one. He’s a player I would like to see in the Premier League.”

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