By Nick Ware

11th Jun, 2021 | 3:00pm

Simon Jordan: West Ham star Declan Rice was 'Up for discussion' at £80-90m in 2020

Simon Jordan has affirmed that West Ham were willing to consider offers of £80-90million for Declan Rice last year.

The former Crystal Palace owner and chairman made the claim on talkSPORT [11:00, 11/06/21], in a discussion with Jim White.

The 52-year-old businessman did not divulge his sources, but he insisted that the England international was up for sale at the right price.

He said: “I know, believe me I know, that Declan Rice was up for discussion a year, 18 months ago at around £80-90million as far as West Ham are concerned.

“If that is the case, I will wonder and see who is going to pay £80-£90million for Declan Rice in this market, and I’m sure there will be an answer, and it may well be Chelsea, it may well be someone that’s got the ability to turn out their lights.”

Not for sale

West Ham should not be countenancing Rice’s sale on any terms this summer, even if, as Jordan suggests, Chelsea may be prepared to offer up to £90million for his services.

That should also have been the case last year.

If Jordan’s claim is true, what were the board thinking? That may be major money to us, but is his value likely to decrease in the next few years? With the way the current market is going, he could be worth double that before long.

Rice only turned 22-years-old in January, so it’s not as if he is about to enter his prime and is desperate to flee east London for a so-called ‘elite’ club.

We were in a more desperate position last year, battling at the wrong end of the table, so perhaps he might have resigned himself to an Irons exit in the not too distant future.

But fast forward 12 months or so and we are heading for Europe next season.

Rice was instrumental in helping us to achieve Europa League qualification, and surely nothing will tempt him or the club to part ways this summer.

In other West Ham news, the Irons are ready to re-hire this 52-year-old as a senior man steps down.

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