By Sam Stone

1st May, 2022 | 2:17pm

West Ham's Declan Rice 'can't help speculation' after links with Manchester United

West Ham captain Declan Rice says he “can’t help the speculation” with Manchester United rumoured to be interested in the England midfielder.

According to 90min, United are prepared to break their transfer record for the England international.

Rice is contracted to West Ham until the summer of 2024, with David Moyes is looking for £150 million-plus for Rice, as reported by the Manchester Evening News.

It’s a situation that Rice says he has no control over and that the speculation is a result of his good performances.

Talking to Sky Sports, Rice said: “I can’t help speculation, even with the numbers that get spoken about.

“I can’t help that, all I can help is going on the pitch and performing to the best I can.”

Rice added: “To be honest with you, I feel like playing well comes with speculation.

“I’ve obviously had two, three top seasons with West Ham and top clubs around the country, they’re going to be watching.”

Rice at United?

With a huge overhaul expected at Manchester United, Declan Rice does look like the ideal candidate to potentially build a team around in the coming years.

With Erik ten Hag taking the reigns at Old Trafford, a player like Rice could be perfect for a high-pressing, energetic and dynamic midfield that he may look to implement.

Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic’s United careers seemingly coming to an end, a revamp of United’s midfield is a must.

However, United will need to stump up a club-record fee to secure the England midfielder’s services.

With his contract running until 2024, West Ham are very much in the driving seat at present.

It could potentially take a fee north of £150 million to test their resolve.

However, West Ham must consider that his value will decrease the closer he gets to the culmination of his contract.

They could feasibly get collect £50 million more this summer than next.

With Rice turning down a third contract offer, as reported by Fabrizio Romano, West Ham must consider whether the transfer issues will affect his performance.

In other West Ham news, Tony Cottee has named two players he thinks the Irons should sign this summer with five or six needed.

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