Chelsea transfer target Declan Rice 'stinks of a Manchester United signing' following his latest display for West Ham.
That is the opinion of Tony Cascarino, who reckons the England international is ready to make the step up.
The Hammers ace has been in fine form this campaign and is arguably David Moyes' most important player.
Frank Lampard is desperate to snatch up the 21-year-old, who was released by Chelsea at the age of 14.
West Ham have rejected all bids for Rice with them valuing him at close to £80m.
As of yet, the Blues have not met that total but are expected to make further enquiries in January transfer window.
But United could be potential suitors with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer under pressure.
West Ham had a well-earned 2-1 victory over Leeds United at the weekend with two goals coming from set-pieces.
And Rice was a standout performer, winning the midfield battle against Marcelo Bielsa's highly industrious side.
Cascarino was blown away and believes he could end up at United.
“Declan Rice was superb. He absolutely ran the show in midfield," he said.
“He was up against Kalvin Phillips as well, who is a good player. I thought he just took the game by the scruff of the neck.
“He just stunk of a Manchester United signing to me. I was sat there thinking, ‘Wow!'”
Meanwhile, Rice has admitted he looks at Chelsea star N'Golo Kante as a role model.
The youngster told The Times: "The main one I’ve always watched is Kante in my position. Sometimes in games, I get sucked out of position a little bit, attracted to the ball.
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“I’m so enthusiastic to get the ball back for the team, I’m probably just better off saving my legs sometimes.
"I do more running than I should, put it that way.
"I’m so enthusiastic just to go and win the ball back where pretty much everything would come through me anyway if I stood right in the middle. That’s what Sergio Busquets and Kante do."
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