By West Ham Zone speaking to Frank McAvennie

17th May, 2023 | 9:10am

We’re delighted to welcome former West Ham United striker Frank McAvennie as our exclusive columnist. Each week he’ll be giving his views on the biggest talking points at the London Stadium

Frank McAvennie believes a deal has already been done that will see Declan Rice leave West Ham United this summer amid heavy transfer interest.

The skipper is expected to leave the club this summer with Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea believed to be battling for his signature, with the Hammers holding out for around £100m to let him leave.

But while speculation remains rife about his potential destination at the end of the season, McAvennie believes it’s already done and it’s just a matter of announcing it once the season comes to an end.

“I think it’s been done, wherever he’s going, I think it’s done,” he told West Ham Zone.

“Declan won’t have much to do, he won’t be speaking to anyone. That will be his agents and whatever. I think Declan is a professional and he’ll get on with it.

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“I think he made a mistake during the World Cup talking about leaving, but he’s a young boy and he’ll learn off of that.

Everyone knows he’s going.

Go and win the Conference League and you can leave with your head held high and everyone will be happy.”

Rice is expected to be named in the starting lineup for the second leg of the Europa Conference League clash with AZ Alkmaar on Thursday (18 May) after being rested in the Premier League loss to Brentford at the weekend.