Transfer deadline day: Premier League round-up
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Manchester United and Chelsea are preparing a summer transfer battle for West Ham midfielder Declan Rice, who reportedly believes that this will be his last season playing for the Hammers.
Both clubs were keen to sign a new midfielder during the summer transfer window but were priced out of a move for Rice.
The 22-year-old, who scored England’s fourth in their 4-0 over Hungary on Thursday, was valued by West Ham at £100million.
That valuation was largely justified by his outstanding performances for the Three Lions at Euro 2020.
However, it was widely reported that Rice is unhappy with the price tag and is stalling over a new contract.
The player is tied down until 2024 while West Ham have an option in his current deal to extend the agreement until 2025.
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The Hammers are eager to recognise his importance to the side with a new contract to significantly improve the academy graduate’s wages.
Yet he has seen the likes of Tottenham’s Harry Kane and Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha be priced out of moves after signing big, long-term deals.
And according to 90min, Rice views the current Premier League campaign as his final one at West Ham and will assess his options in the summer of 2022.
It follows a claim by the Evening Standard that Rice has turned down two offers of a new contract at West Ham.
The former Chelsea academy prospect, who joined West Ham aged 14, still has three years to run on his current terms.
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Man Utd and his former club decided not to pursue signing him in the transfer window just gone. The latter instead acquired Saul Niguez on loan from Atletico Madrid.
West Ham boss David Moyes believes that Rice’s valuation was fair, insisting that the player would make more of an impact than some of the top clubs’ summer additions.
“I don’t agree with the owners that Declan Rice is a £100m footballer,” Moyes told reporters last month.
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:He’s worth far, far more than £100m. Far, far more.
“I look at the players who have joined some clubs from overseas and come in and nowhere near had the impact Declan Rice would have.
“I certainly wouldn’t put a price on it. You can decide which figure you want to put on it but I wouldn’t be sanctioning anything like that, that’s for sure.”
West Ham have started the season well, using the momentum of a successful 2020-21 campaign to remain unbeaten after their first three matches.
Rice helped the east Londoners qualify for the Europa League last term and has featured in each of their games so far this season.
Moyes’ side came from behind to defeat Newcastle United 4-2 in their opening game. They then thrashed Leicester City 4-1.
Crystal Palace ended West Ham’s winning start by drawing 2-2 at the London Stadium last weekend.
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