By Anthony Onifade

17th May, 2023 | 4:10pm

West Ham United transfer news: Thomas Tuchel wants Declan Rice but Bayern Munich not confident

Bayern Munich are interested in West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice but know their chances of slim due to “great” competition from Premier League clubs, according to Christian Falk.

The Hammers club captain looks set to leave West Ham this summer in search of Champions League football and Arsenal have been earmarked as the favourites to sign him.

Former Chelsea coach and Champions League winner Tuchel, was rumoured to be interested [The Telegraph, 22 May 2022] in bringing Rice to Stamford Bridge during his time as Blues boss, with the German a great admirer of the England international.

And he is reportedly intent on bringing him to the Allianz Arena, but interest from Premier League clubs could prove to be a stumbling block.

SportBILD journalist Falk, took to his personal Twitter account [17 May] to reveal: “Thomas Tuchel is interested in Declan Rice. But Bayern Munich know the chances are slim due to the great English competition.”

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Interest in Rice is certainly rife right now, with Bayern Munich the latest club to be joining the hunt and how the West Ham United faithful would love to see Rice move on abroad rather than any of their capital rivals.

Bayern are said to be on the hunt for a defensive midfielder also and given Tuchel’s huge admiration for the England international, a move for him makes sense.

However, as Falk has revealed, the Bundesliga giants know they have slim chances of signing him, not only because of the English competition but also Rice’s wish to remain in England.

The Allianz Arena certainly has great pull given the club’s history and guaranteed trophy haul in Germany, however, Rice will want to test himself amongst the elite in England and there’s no better platform for him than the Premier League in order for him to become the best in his position.

Nonetheless, with West Ham United looking to undergo a stark rebuild of their own this summer, they’ll need as much cash as possible if they are to compete both in recruitment and amongst the elite again in the Premier League next term. The club must ensure they get the best out of any potential deal.