By Jonty Banks

31st May, 2023 | 10:05am

West Ham United transfer news: Harry Redknapp reacts to Declan Rice race as Bayern challenge Premier League giants

Harry Redknapp believes West Ham United captain Declan Rice will move to one of the Premier League “big boys” despite transfer interest from Bayern Munich.

The Mirror reported on 30 May, that the German giants had put a “huge” package worth £95million on the table for the 24-year-old’s services, with Thomas Tuchel already understood to have spoken to the player.

Speaking live on talkSPORT Breakfast [31 May, 08:44am], Redknapp admitted that despite interest from abroad, the “fantastic” midfielder was more likely to move to Manchester United, Chelsea or Arsenal this summer.

“Well I would like him to stay at West Ham really,” he said.

“He’s a fantastic player, he’s a great man and has got a fantastic personality, but if he were to get a move, I would prefer he stay here [in the Premier League] really.

“Listen, Bayern Munich is a massive club, we all know that and Bellingham has gone over there and what a season he’s had at Dortmund, but I would like him to stay here, but where does he go?

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“I am sure that he could go to Chelsea, Arsenal, I’m sure there are clubs that would like to have him.

“I think it will be a battle between one or two of the big boys, Manchester United, there are clubs out there that would love him because he’s a fantastic player.”

Let the bidding war begin

West Ham United will be happy in the thought they can sit back and let the chaos surrounding Rice’s transfer begin.

With the Daily Mail reporting that Arsenal, Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea are all interested in the Englishman’s services, there shouldn’t be any shortage of bidding over the coming weeks and months.

However, the major question is whether any clubs will match the Hammers’ sky-high valuation of Rice.

David Moyes has admitted time and time again that a figure upwards of £120million will be needed to lure the midfielder away from the London Stadium this summer, with the Scot admitting he hopes Rice will remain a West Ham United player next season.

This seems unlikely though, especially when considering the number of teams who want to sign Rice.

Either way, a bidding war is set to commence for the Hammers captain who is out of contract in East London at the end of next season.