‘Declan Rice worth far, far more than £100m’


avid Moyes has told any potential suitors of Declan Rice that they’ll have to stump up far more than £100million to prise West Ham‘s captain away.

Reports had suggested that the Hammers owners valued their prize asset at £100m for any interested in a transfer deal this summer.

Rice has excelled once more this season and alongside Tomas Soucek in midfield has helped drive the Hammers into an unlikely race for the Champions League.

Moyes has previously said that it would take “Bank of England money” to sanction the sale of Rice, and thinks the reports of a £100m valuation of his star man are far too low.

“I don’t agree with the owners that Declan Rice is a £100m footballer,” said Moyes. “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 of Declan Rice would have. Also English, just had Brexit, so I wouldn’t agree with the owners if Declan Rice was only £100m. No, I wouldn’t.

“For me I have watched the prices of some players who have gone to clubs recently and they could not lace Declan Rice’s boots.”

Over the last season the likes of Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham have all signed midfielders in the shape of Thomas Partey, Donny van de Beek and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.

Chelsea had long held an interest in Rice, but it is thought that was driven by former manager Frank Lampard and that they are not as keen on the England international now he has been replaced by Thomas Tuchel. Both Manchester United and Man City have watched Rice in the past.

While there have been no approaches for Rice, Moyes is will not put a price on the 22-year-old, who has captained West Ham in Mark Noble’s place this season.

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