Declan Rice – Just one club interested but fee too low


Just one club interested in Declan Rice reports Hughie Southon

Claret and Hugh can today reveal  that West Ham are aware Arsenal are standing by to make an offer of just £85 million for Declan Rice.

A key CandH source revealed exclusively: “That is what we believe will be put to us as there  appears to be a lack of money around generally this summer.

West Ham sources have revealed that there is currently only one club interested in signing Declan Rice.

Just one club interested in Declan Rice according to club sources

“However, we expect bids from two or three clubs once we play our last game as they respect our season is still very much going on

“We would have to hope that clubs such as Manchester United and Chelsea may come in which of course would see the figures rise.”

West Ham claim to know of Arsenal interest

No mention was made of alleged interest from former Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel who is now in charge of Bayern Munich.

At this stage any interest is revealed by, or known, from agent activity where representatives talk to clubs ahead of the the transfer window opening rather than club to club offers being made.

Chelsea won’t be moving anyway until new manager Mauricio Pochinetto takes up  his new new role on 1 July on a two-year contract and makes it clear to his board which players he requires.

As a result Arsenal will need to sweat it out with the Hammers determined to top £100 million for their prize asset.

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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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