£120 million Rice auction set to start


West Ham are set to get the auction they require to land the £100 million plus they want for wantaway Declan Rice.

David Sullivan – having spoken to talkSPORT about the captain’s desire to leave the club –  made it clear the club have also had three or four inquiries for him.

And he added that he wouldn’t be surprised if the first bid doesn’t come in immediately with Arsenal, Manchester United and Bayern Munich  all keen.

It would come as no surprise either were Manchester City to come in with Kalvin Phillips thrown in as part of a payer plus cash deal.

Having explained that last night’s Conference final was Dec’s last game in claret and blue Sullivan is now in a hugely strong position to get the money he wants for his star player.

Arsenal are believed to be ready with a bid or around £90 million but that will almost certainly be topped or be forced upwards as the deals come in for the defensive midfielder.

Ideally the club want £120 million!

By Hughie Southon

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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  • Clive says:

    Obviously David Sullivan was worried Declan Rices words last night where it seemed he might be hinting at staying at West Ham might affect his sale. Very poor timing I have to say.

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