It will take an £80million offer to prise Declan Rice away from West Ham.

That is according to ex-Premier League forward Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after Hammers boss David Moyes admitted the club would consider selling Rice at the right price.

Quoted by The Mirror, he said: “Any club can make offers for players but we’ve not had any big offers. I hope we don’t get any but if we do, like any other club, we would consider them.”

The 22-year-old holding-midfielder has won plaudits across his 29 league starts for high-flying West Ham this season.

Whelan insists £80m would force the club’s hand but that the present financial situation would make any potential big-money transfer more difficult.

“If £75m or £80m comes in, I think that would be about the right price,” he told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs.

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“If you look at players like Harry Maguire and what they went for then you should be looking in the same ballpark for Rice. He’s young and he plays a position that a lot of players can’t.

“The financial climate would make things difficult. Teams are posting big losses at the end of the year that they are going to have to make up somewhere. They’ll hold out for as much as they can because they know he’s their prize asset.

“But if you’re gonna price him out of a move then you’re not going to get a very happy player at the end of it.”

Rice is set to be sidelined for four weeks as he recovers from a knee injury.

The 15-time England international will hope that setback doesn’t affect his chances of nailing down a starting XI spot ahead of the Euros in the summer.

In other news, West Ham set sights on signing 20-goal Championship star.