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Declan and City – more questions than answers

Let’s assume – and it’s a big assumption – that Manchester City’s Fernandinho decides to move on or call it a day at the end of the season.

As things stand there’s absolute no certainties with a backroom London Stadium staff member  declaring flippantly: “We hear stories like this all the time.”

He’s right of course but there’s a certain amount in this tale that adds up although the key remains on whether the City midfielder wants to move on.

And given that his form remains outstanding this season and that he has made 33 appearances  hardly suggests Pep Guardiola believes he is past his best.

As a result  – and with eight years at the club behind him – there’s every chance  he will opt for another couple of years at the country’s – and perhaps this season – Europe’s top club.

It is – of course – hardly surprising that City and maybe United – have been casting eyes in his direction.

But were City to come in would Declan be tempted, and were he to be, would the downside be as horrific as we might at first imagine.

City will need to stump up £100m plus which would allow the Irons to buy a replacement, a top striker, Jesse Lingard and have a reasonable surplus remaining for other positions.

Mark Noble spoke for every one of us when he pleaded publicly for Dec to stay at the Irons and become a legend.

Frankly I don’t believe Fernandinho will leave City in the summer and that we will have Declan for at least another season.

After that it’s all in the laps of the gods as in our hearts we probably always knew it would be.

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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!" Follow on Twitter @hughsouthon

7 comments on “Declan and City – more questions than answers

  1. Whether Fernandinho leaves or not is irrelevant.West Ham either say no or the fan base knows we will never challenge the so called big boys. And yes man city have the money but nothing clever there. Football needs reforming fast or most people will lose interest, But that does not stop West Ham saying NO. NOT FOR SALE. Why do the West Ham websites always give we are not a major club impression .With that outlook we never will be one of the so called big boys and must accept our place as never will be.Luckily the fans dont accept this outlook.

  2. The way these people operate is very stealth, they play a long courting game.
    Possibly doesn’t fit into their immediate plans, but 18 months later it’ll be an onslaught.
    Think back to when they prised T Henry out of Arsenal.
    That’s what we are dealing with, if they really want him, the pursuit will be relentless.

  3. Why don’t everybody give Dec’s a break, being a life long hammer we need to keep Dec’s, we all know he’s gonna get better and better….. We nerd to keep the vultures away!!

  4. Just to jarr us hammers they will buy Dec’s and have him sit on the bench wasting away… No good will come of this..!! Trust me….

  5. We all know that true fans will live breath and die for west ham Rice is unbelievable player and loves west ham but unless new investers are brought into this club and plough 150 million plus Rice will be sold by Gould and sullivon if any one of the big4 pay 80 to 100 million

    • Spot on as far as some say just do what Moyes said and with him all the way on this one still sore on him not playing one of our best players benrahma till Burnley game and showed how wrong Moyes can be but saying rice is not for sale even over a 100mill is what needs to be said all the time by everyone. Certainly imo best we have had since mooro and still sooo young. If he goes anywhere eventually and moves out of London must be Barca or if up to those places north of watford only to pep and city and they probably would be the only club in UK to ever be able to buy our gem.

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