Dean Jones: Keeping Declan Rice could put West Ham in financial trouble
Eurosport transfer expert Dean Jones has told The Done Deal Show West Ham could be in a financial crisis keeping Declan Rice beyond next summer.
The England international midfielder, 22, is a man in demand in the Premier League and beyond, but it would take top dollar for suitors to lure him away after David Moyes insisted he is no longer available for £100million.
The Hammers are not keen on cashing in on Rice, and while winning silverware this term or clinching a place in the group stages of next season’s Champions League would come with some financial boost, Jones claims selling the midfielder could be in their best interest.
He said (at 38:00): “There’s not anything particular in terms of talks, but basically, if West Ham are going to keep Declan Rice, they’ve got to almost put the club in financial trouble, because it’s such a big deal to now sign Declan Rice.
“Every big club in the Premier League wants him. There are even clubs, I’m told, abroad that are starting to look at him as the real deal. I think personally, he will stay in the Premier League anyway, so I don’t think that’ll come into the question.
“It’s a massive financial investment to sign Declan Rice. I don’t see how West Ham can possibly do it.”
Having at least £120million in their coffers by selling the Irons ace will definitely do the club a lot of good, but could they prevent it despite the consequences attached?
Czech billionaire Daniel Kretinsky recently completed the purchase of a 27 per cent stake in the club, and that is expected to come with some cash investment.
It is believed that he is eyeing a complete takeover in the near future, and losing Rice is definitely the last thing he wants to see happen.
David Gold and David Sullivan have refused to entertain from any club for the services of the midfielder, and they know fans will turn against them if they sell him.
West Ham will need that Champions League money to bolster their finances after recent losses caused by the pandemic, and that could be their only chance of holding on to their most prized possession.
It is going to be an interesting summer transfer window next year from the look of things.
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