By Adefunmiloye Alani

14th Sep, 2021 | 12:40pm

West Ham have never received a bid for Rice, would not welcome one

West Ham United have never received a bid for Declan Rice and would not welcome one, according to Football London.

The England international, 22, turned down two offers of new terms from the Hammers in the summer, and they remain resolute that the midfielder is going nowhere for less than £100million.

Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United are all interested in Rice, and while the Premier League champions would be open to meeting their demands, that did not happen in the summer.

The West Ham ace is currently happy at the club, with his deal not expiring until 2024, while there is an option to extend it for another year.

Drama next summer?

Rice did not push for a move during the summer transfer window, with none of his suitors ready to part with £100million for his signature.

That could change next summer as Man City would be keen to replace the 36-year-old Fernandinho with a quality player.

After breaking the British transfer record for Jack Grealish in the summer, Pep Guardiola’s men are not likely to hesitate to pay a similar fee for the Hammers star should the need for him arise.

Rice wants to play Champions League football like most of his England teammates, and if David Moyes’ side are unable to deliver it next summer, his stance could change.

West Ham clearly are not ready to lose such an important player for an insignificant fee, and a huge bid would force their hands once the player makes his desire clear.

With a full campaign and a World Cup still ahead, a lot of things could happen between now and next summer, and a transfer would be the least of the club’s or player’s worries right now.

In other West Ham news, Joe Cole insists Hammers can win the Europa League thanks to six key players.

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