By Pete Hanson

2nd Jun, 2023 | 7:10am

West Ham United transfer news: Manchester United still want Declan Rice after £55m Mason Mount push

Manchester United remain interested in signing West Ham ace Declan Rice despite their pursuit of Mason Mount, according to the Mail Online.

Rice is a man in demand, with the Red Devils, Arsenal and Bayern Munich among the clubs chasing the England midfielder.

United have also been linked to Rice’s good pal and Three Lions team-mate Mount, but their move for the Chelsea attacking midfielder apparently does not alter their stance on Rice and they would be open to offering players and cash in exchange for the 24-year-old.

“The Old Trafford club are working with a limited transfer kitty this summer and are already set to commit at least £55million of their budget to sign Mason Mount from Chelsea,” the Mail report read.

“However, it is understood that United would consider using players in part-exchange as part of their interest in Rice.

“The Hammers have been constantly linked with an interest in United midfielder Scott McTominay, whose current deal expires next summer.”

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Cash plus players unlikely to interest West Ham

Nothing is ever certain in football but one thing that appears as close to a certainty as you can get is the fact Declan Rice is headed for pastures new this summer.

And, truthfully, even West Ham fans probably acknowledge he deserves a move. Thus far, Rice has remained loyal to a club extremely close to his heart but he need only ask his England captain Harry Kane what rewards there are for loyalty.

So, now it is more a matter of where next for Rice? Arsenal would seem a good fit on paper. The Gunners are putting together a young, vibrant squad with the potential to challenge for major honours in the coming years.

A move to Bayern seems unlikely both from Rice’s perspective and the possibility of the Bundesliga champions going head-to-head with the Premier League clubs financially.

And what of Manchester United? Well if it’s true that their only hope is to offer players then would that really interest West Ham, who are likely to get a windfall well in excess of £100million?

The likes of Scott McTominay and Harry Maguire would probably get touted first, and frankly it’s hard to see how that’s something West Ham would accept.