By Noel Whelan

20th Jul, 2021 | 6:00pm

West Ham tipped to accept '£60m' Rice bid - Whelan

Noel Whelan has tipped West Ham to accept a £60million bid for Declan Rice.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Premier League striker suggested the Europa League could keep Rice at the London Stadium next season but they must match his ambition going forward.

The Hammers enjoyed an excellent campaign last season as they finished sixth and qualified for Europe.

Football finance guru Keiran Maguire told Football Insider in May the club will rake in £40million from their participation in the competition.

However, the Hammers are yet to re-invest in their playing squad this summer.

Asked whether that could mean Rice may have an eye on the exit door, Whelan told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs: “Well, I think there’s a possiblity.

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“He had a fantastic Euros and really showed what sort of player he is. In the final, he was excellent and the best game he had in an England shirt, to be quite honest.

“West Ham are in Europe and that will suffice him for him now.

“Unless an absolutely outstanding offer comes in and he will demand a £60million, £70million fee…

“West Ham need to show they’re looking to improve on last season which was fantastic as they qualified for Europe. But can any club afford to turn down a £60million bid for a player? Especially if one of the big six come in. I don’t think so.”

Rice started all eight of England’s games at the European Championship as they reached the final.

The 22-year-old has three years left to run on his West Ham contract.

In other news, a Rangers star is “flattered” after West Ham submit a six-figure bid.