West Ham have emphatically knocked back a Declan Rice enquiry from a leading Premier League club, Football Insider has learned.
The Champions League calibre outfit has been in touch with the Hammers to ascertain how much it would cost to prise the midfield anchorman from the London Stadium this summer.
A West Ham source has told Football Insider that the club issued a three-word reply that Rice is “not for sale” at any price.
Irons chiefs accept they will have to dramatically slash costs this summer as the pandemic continues to cause financial chaos in football.
As revealed by Football Insider last month, one possibility mooted by joint-chairman and owner David Sullivan is for the club to sell up to three first-team stars to make ends meet.
However, West Ham are adamant that star man Declan Rice will not be one of them.
The club would prefer to cash in on other leading assets, with the likes of Felipe Anderson and Andriy Yarmolenko seen at this stage as more expendable.
Certainly, manager David Moyes is aware he is likely to have to cash in on some big names if there are to be any new arrivals.
Rice is a huge fans favourite and regarded by supporters as the team’s outstanding player.
Since breaking into the West Ham team at the age of 18, he has already clocked up 100 senior appearances and has played every minute of all 29 Premier League games this season.
The Londoners recently announced a whopping £28m loss for last season despite turnover increasing £15m to £191m.
As part of the already cost cutting already in place Moyes, vice-chairman Karren Brady and finance director Andy Mollett are taking 30 per cent pay cuts.
Joint chairmen Sullivan and David Gold are putting £30m into the club.
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