West Ham United could well end up keeping Declan Rice at the club due to a major decision from Manchester United.
The Independent reports that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the club’s manager, is spending a large amount of time analysing videos of transfer targets, and has made decisions on several targets.
Indeed, the COVID-19 pandemic has led to uncertainty in the transfer window, with United not willing to overspend.
As a result, Rice is said to have been downgraded as a target to a lower-priority group, along with Wolves striker Raul Jimenez.
It should be noted, however, that Bruno Fernandes was in a similar group prior to his signing, though United’s highest priority targets are said to be Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish and Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho.
It remains to be seen if they will also look to sign Rice, who has become a key member of David Moyes’ side at the London Stadium and has also forced his way into Gareth Southgate’s England squad after declaring his allegiance to the Three Lions.
Rice has been a loyal servant to the Hammers since moving to the club in 2014 and has made 100 appearances at the London Stadium, per Transfermarkt.
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One has to think that this could well change if West Ham are relegated.
They are currently 16th, level on points with 18th-placed AFC Bournemouth, and could well drop through the trap door when the season resumes and Project Restart kicks in.
If they do, one has to imagine that Rice’s asking price – whatever it may currently be – would drop.
The Independent’s report makes this point around Grealish and the possibility of Villa being relegated, and the only way West Ham can ensure that Rice stays around is by avoiding the drop.
Were they to fail in their fight against relegation, United may well see a deal that is too good to turn down in their pursuit of the 21-year-old.
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