David Moyes would sanction the sale of Declan Rice this summer no matter which division West Ham are in but the offer must be £90m or greater Claret and Hugh has learned.
The manager believes the sale of a star player can sometimes help a team re-invest to make the squad much better.
Speaking to the press on the subject a few weeks ago the gaffer says “If you are a star player, you want to play for the star teams. That is what happens – you lose your better players.
If you can recruit in the right way along that journey – I was always trying to bring in the new Wayne Rooney’s and Joleon Lescotts while keeping momentum. That is the idea, but everybody has got the same data and it is not easy.”
The 21-year-old England defensive midfielder has long been linked with a move away to a top six side but West Ham would let him go on the cheap and will expect a massive offer to come in to sell their prized asset.
Despite all of that it is great – and a tribute to his character that Declan has battled his guts out during this horrible season and continues to do so.
It’s almost a given that he will eventually move on thus joining the other Hammers stars who have become big players at big clubs.
Whether it’s a great idea for the manager to be discussing such a possibility at such a difficult time is questionable but at least it demonstrates a realism that most fans will instinctively feel anyway.
We have been told regularly that the Hammers consider him to be worth over £70 million but that valuation has increased to going on for £100 million given his performances in a season that has brought near despair.
All, sadly, true. Declan is loyal to the club & , I think, would stay if it were a successful club – but it isn’t. Therefor, he is going to leave sometime. I would like that to be later rather than sooner. But, whenever it happens, it will happen. Unless West Ham are a winning team. That is not going to be the case this season. Maybe it will happen next year – but I have been waiting 62 years for that to happen ! So, reluctantly, let him go & get the best price we can for him.
Are you aware of any clause in Moyes contract that let’s him or the club part company if we are relegated this season?
If not, and given that he will only have 12 months left, do you think the board believe he would be the manager to progress the club back into the PL and fund a major team rebuild?
No clause in his contract
Yep, I think he really loves the fans – but you can see his frustration at the ineptitude of others. Can’t see any other outcome to be honest even if we manage to avoid the drop – we need to start challenging for cups and European places or this will be the routine for any player we have worth his salt.
And this is why we will never be a top 6 club, we can never hold on to our best players and build on them. Very depressing
Err I think your find hopefully we get rid of Moyes firstly and get in a progressive coach young and knows tactically not to take off your two best players and put on the worst two on the bench leaving a striker on that’s having a mare. I think kovac wouldn’t have done that or even slav who gets slated here but is on his way back to the premier! Talking of getting rid of your best young player who probably hasn’t mentioned leaving shows his not even trying to build a top side around the quality players he has inherited.
Our History of selling our best players is a long one and jammed full . Wouldn’t surprise me one little bit . The problem is we have never benefited from it . And in all my years as a fan I can see we sadly never shall . Selling Rice would be cutting off our noses to spite our face .
But I suppose as a club that only makes up the numbers in the League knowbody could really blame Declan if he agrees to moving on .
I wonder how many fans remember those immortal words from the Board three years ago
“ we are no longer a selling club “ ,,,,, hmmm
Agree possibly not wise to mention it but Moyes is right, clubs have to sell their best players, even the bigger clubs, think Neymar, Bale, Ronaldo etc. Leicester lost Kanye, Drinkwater, Mahrez, Maguire it’s the reinvestment that matters, we want to buy more players with the dedication and drive Rice has with any profit we make. Talent only gets you so far it’s that ability to dig in and suffer when times are not so good that takes you to the next level.
Declan rice Was Chelsea through and through before he became West Ham and he only became West Ham because Chelsea didn’t want him. He will say whatever he thinks the fans want to hear but don’t be confused into thinking he will show any loyalty to West Ham if a big team came in for him. He would say the right things. they are all media trained these days. He would thank West Ham but then say how good it was to be signing for a big club such as bla bla. Same as it’s always been, same as it always will be. When he goes we should get as much money as possible for him and use it to improve us in the same way spurs used the sales of the likes of bale and modric to improve their team.
So long as he plays his guts out for us while he’s here I ask for no more
Says a lot that we are seemingly inviting clubs to buy our best player/s. What Declan Rice must think -no idea. Disgraceful statement in my opinion-can see now with that attitude how do we hope ever be a top club., In a few months we will have the second biggest capacity in the country. We did not pay out to build a new ground-only pay rent. Yet it appears we have to sell our best player/s to buy. One of the biggest crowds-certainly great support- going nowhere ?