West Ham star Declan Rice is worth more than Harry Kane - Pundit
Trevor Sinclair has claimed on talkSPORT today that West Ham midfielder Declan Rice is currently worth more than Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane.
Rice has been simply outstanding this season for the Hammers. He was superb against Genk as West Ham won 3-0 in their Europa League group game on Thursday.
The West Ham skipper has made a fine start to the season, and he was heavily praised last week as the Hammers won 1-0 against Everton at Goodison Park.
In contrast, Kane has made a slow start to the season and scored his first Premier League goal last weekend.
Kane was heavily linked with a move to Manchester City during the summer where Spurs reportedly turned down a £127million offer for him.
Rice has been linked with a move away from West Ham with Chelsea being one of his admirers. Sinclair has claimed that Rice is now worth more than Kane in the transfer market.
“It’s a tough one. I think West Ham were talking about £100million in the summer for Declan Rice,” said Sinclair to talkSPORT.
“I think he’s enriched his performances this season so much that he’ll be worth more than he was last summer.
“He’s been outstanding. I watched him last weekend against Doucoure, who the week before had run Manchester United ragged at Old Trafford – Doucoure couldn’t get anywhere near Declan Rice.
“I’d probably edge towards Declan. He’s a baby, he’s 22 years old, he’s captain of West Ham, he’s so valuable to the club at the moment.
“If you look at Harry Kane, I know he scored his first Premier League goal of the season last week but in general he’s not been on it.
“I always thought it was too much money when they started to quote £125-150million anyway so I’d go with Declan Rice.”
Is he right?
West Ham were reportedly demanding a fee of around £100m for Rice during the summer, and potential suitors were not willing to meet that asking price.
After a superb start to the season, his value is expected to increase, and the Hammers can demand an exorbitant transfer fee for him.
He is only 22 and has the prime years ahead of him. West Ham have every right to ask for a fee in the region of £125-150m for their prized asset.
Rice has a contract at the club till 2024, and West Ham are pretty relaxed about his situation.
The Hammers midfielder has turned down two contract offers from the London club already, but transfer talks haven’t hampered his performance on the pitch.
Based on what we have seen so far, Rice has enjoyed a better campaign than Kane, and he appears to be more valuable in the market than the England skipper.
In other West Ham news, Jack Wilshere has predicted major Hammers exit, but reckons one goal would stop it.