By Jason Jones

28th Apr, 2020 | 5:28pm

Report - West Ham insider reacts to Declan Rice exit claim

Declan Rice is the “last player” who West Ham would sell to balance their books this summer, according to Claret & Hugh

A report from The Sun claimed on Tuesday that the Hammers will overhaul their squad this summer, with none of David Moyes’ playing staff safe from the potential cull as the club look to increase their financial stability.

Rice, who the outlet claim is valued at around £70 million, was mentioned as one player who could be sold in the coming months, with Chelsea and Manchester United listed as potential destinations for the England international.

But it would appear that the report is somewhat wide of the mark.

Speaking to Claret & Hugh, a club source reportedly said: “Despite a poor season and poor cash flow caused by the virus Rice would be the last player we would sell to balance the books.”

What does this mean for West Ham?

If it’s true, and if the Hammers have no intention of selling Rice this summer, then it can only be good news.

The midfielder sometimes gets a bad rap from opposition fans, but the reality is that he is consistently a standout performer for the Irons.

So far this season, he has averaged three tackles and 2.2 interceptions per game this season, as per Whoscored, as well as a pass completion rate of 86.5%.

By comparison, Mark Noble has 1.7 tackles, 0.7 interceptions, and a pass completion rate of 81.8%, as per Whoscored.

Replacing Rice would be a huge task, and hopefully one that the Hammers don’t have to face up to anytime soon.

In other West Ham news, Report – Hammers plot summer swoop for 22y/o Rangers talent.