West Ham backed to seal multiple 'amazing' signings after £100m Declan Rice news - pundit
West Ham will be able to rebuild their squad with the money they receive for Declan Rice in the summer of 2023.
That’s according to former Leeds United striker Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the in-demand midfielder’s future.
On 23 November sources told Football Insider that West Ham now expect to lose Rice, 23, to a Champions League giant next year regardless of how their season pans out.
Liverpool, Man United and Chelsea are among the Premier League teams keeping close tabs on Rice, who has rejected multiple offers to extend his West Ham contract.
As quoted by The Guardian (1 December), Rice admitted, “One hundred per cent I want to play in the Champions League”.
Whelan claims West Ham’s only consolation is that they will be able to rebuild the squad with the money they receive for their star man.
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“Rice should be playing Champions League football,” Whelan told Football Insider’s Ben Wild.
“I think we all know that he won’t be at West Ham much longer. I think a deal will be too complicated to do in January.
“When you look at these deals that are over £100million, they are rarely done within a few days or even a few weeks.
“So I think the summer is much more likely for a deal to happen. Then again, if one club really wants him, you never know.
“I think the one redeeming feature for West Ham is that they will be able to sign some amazing players with the money they get.
“They have to go out and replace Rice, of course, but then you can add some real quality to that side.
“You would rather keep him, obviously, but you have to look at the positives.”