Rice's West Ham exit hopes dead in the water after 'mental' reported update - Kenny
West Ham have reportedly slapped a £100million price tag on Declan Rice – and that means he is going nowhere for at least another summer.
That is according to former top-flight shot-stopper Paddy Kenny, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the 22-year-old midfielder.
The Athletic reported on 19th July that West Ham value Rice at £100m amid serious interest from Chelsea.
Rice is under contract at the London Stadium for another three years and was a vital cog in the West Ham machine as they finished 6th last term.
Kenny claims that the England midfielder is wildly overpriced at £100m and that staying at West Ham may ultimately be the wiser option.
He told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams: “I don’t think there would be any harm in him staying for another season and seeing how he progresses.
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“It’s definitely a hands-off warning, £100m, that’s a huge figure. When you’re talking £100m for Kane and Haaland, you can’t put him in the same bracket. I’m not having that for one minute.
“It’s mental to think they’re talking about that kind of money when we’re just coming out of a pandemic.
“But he has had an amazing season for West Ham and at the Euros. So I’d expect him to do another season there and see what happens.
“That big-money move he wants might come around later if he can continue that form. But for now, it’s definitely just a hands-off warning.”
Football Insider today (21st July) revealed that West Ham have reignited their interest in midfielder Alex Kral.
The 23-year-old’s Spartak Moscow contract runs until the summer of 2024.
In other news, pundit urges Hammers to bin “highest earner” amid talks update.