Robert Lewandowski cited as giants touted for '£120m' West Ham swoop - pundit
Alan Hutton has claimed Bayern Munich won’t fork out “£120million” for West Ham star Declan Rice.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Tottenham and Aston Villa defender doesn’t think Rice will be tempted by a move to the German giants.
According to German journalist Florian Plettenberg (22 May), Thomas Tuchel is interested in the 24-year-old and he is viewed by Bayern bosses as the perfect defensive midfielder for the club.
The German giants have held talks with the England international’s management and Tuchel has been involved in the process but it will be a very difficult transfer to do.
Last week (19 May), Football Insider revealed that the Hammers will demand the full £100m fee for Rice this summer with Arsenal expected to bid at least £85m initially.
Rice’s current contract at the London Stadium runs until 2024 and includes a further 12-month extension.
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When asked if the Hammers’ star man could be tempted by a move to Bayern, Hutton told Football Insider: “You never burn any bridges.
“I think whatever opportunity is there with his team he will sit down and think about it. Personally I think he will stay in the Premier League.
“Bayern Munich are an outstanding club, they go and win trophies and are in European football but I just can’t see him there. I feel there will be a lot of options for him in the Premier League.
“Do I see Bayern Munich paying £120m for a player? No not really. I think since [Robert] Lewandowski has gone they are needing that striker, they would possibly spend that money there, but I still do not think they would reach that number.
“I have got a feeling he will stay in the Premier League.“
In other news, West Ham, Fulham and Crystal Palace told £20m will seal striker deal.