Sean Rice requests talks with West Ham over unfair asking price
The agent of Declan Rice has requested talks with West Ham due to his asking price, according to Duncan Castles.
The Times journalist has claimed on The Transfer Window podcast that Sean Rice – the dad and representative of the 22-year-old England international midfielder – wants talks with David Sullivan and David Gold after the club slammed a £100million asking price on his head in the summer.
Manchester United have told Rice’s father that they want him, and he and his son believe he was priced out of a move last summer due to the “unfair” asking price.
Castles posted the information on his personal Twitter account on Friday afternoon.
He said: “Rice requests talks over West Ham’s unfair asking price.”
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Saga on the cards
Rice turned down two offers of new terms from the Hammers in the summer, and he is not likely to be putting pen to paper on an extension anytime soon.
The London Stadium outfit are in a commanding position as his deal does not expire until 2024, while they have an option to extend it for another year.
They will be calling the shots from the look of things except Sean can convince them to lower their demands.
Whether Rice is indeed worth £100million could be up for debate, but would Man Utd or other suitors be willing to pay that fee for a deep-lying midfielder?
The Irons ace wants to play at the highest level and compete in the Champions League, and while they are not clear favourites for a top-four finish, David Moyes’ side cannot be completely ruled out of the race after what happened last term.
They will also be looking to challenge for the Europa League, League Cup and FA Cup, and winning one of them and qualifying for Europe’s elite competition should convince their academy graduate to stay.
Nothing exciting will be happening for now, but a transfer saga could be on the cards next summer if both parties fail to reach an agreement very soon.
In other West Ham news, BBC pundit was blown away by Hammers ace in 1-0 win v Man Utd.