Glen Johnson: West Ham will sell Declan Rice for £70million
Glen Johnson insists West Ham United will not hesitate to part ways with Declan Rice if they get offered around £70million.
The 22-year-old England international midfielder was linked with Manchester United last summer, but the Hammers wanted £100million from suitors, and that dissuaded interested parties from making a move.
Johnson, who is also a Sky Sports pundit, reckons both club and player will reach a resolution when the time comes, and he believes Rice will be very interested in leaving for greener pastures.
Speaking to Betting Odds, the former England international said: “From West Ham’s point of view, they’re entitled to try and achieve as much as they can as they’ve seen other players leave for similar reasons. I think they’re within their rights to try and get the market value for him.
“Everyone knows I love West Ham. If he wants to go and win Premier Leagues and potentially Champions Leagues and things like that then of course that’s not going to happen at West Ham, so I think there’ll be a point when the player and the club are happy. It’s all tactics anyway. But if they got offered £65m or £70m, I’m sure they’ll be interested.
“They’ll obviously have a conversation, but he’s West Ham through and through. He’s not going to walk out the door on bad terms, so hopefully the player can get what he wants, and the club can get what they want.”
The Hammers have insisted that Rice is not for sale, and with three more years still left on his current contract, with the option of another year, they are comfortably in the driving seat.
However, holding on to the player against his wishes could prove to be a problem going forward, and they will need to cash in on him if he tells the club he wants out.
£70million is a fair deal for his signature, but the Irons are likely to want more after a player like Jack Grealish joined Manchester City for £100million from Aston Villa in the summer.
Suitors need to pay top dollar for such a top player, but David Moyes will be really hoping he can hold on to Rice for as long as possible.
While his side do not have any chance of winning the Premier League or Champions League anytime soon, the Hammers manager will be keen to challenge for other Cup competitions and possibly win the Europa League.
Qualifying for next season’s Europe elite competition could help keep Rice, but whether they will be able to ever match his lofty ambitions remains to be seen, and an exit looks inevitable.
In other West Ham news, Andy Goldstein reckons PL moneybags could target Hammers ace instead of Rice.