Indeed, whoever is successful in signing Rice, the reported £100m transfer fee that we will receive in return has to be reinvested wisely.
If David Sullivan is able to stand his ground in terms of a sale price, which could be difficult given the negotiating position, the Hammers could be the winners in terms of the players that they’re able to bring in to help fill the void left by Rice.
According to ExWHU Employee, one of those players is expected to be Ajax star, Edson Alvarez.
“Talks have been going on for over a week and he is seen as a good replacement for Declan Rice although we do face a lot of competition for the player including from Dortmund.”
The difficulty for the Hammers board is that they don’t have a free run at the player as according to the website Planet Sport, Borussia Dortmund have already agreed personal terms with Alvarez.
At this stage, if West Ham want to get the deal over the line then they are going to have to move very quickly indeed.