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Exclusive: Irons place new price tag on Declan’s head

CandH Exclusive by Hugh Southon

West Ham have placed an £80 million price tag on Declan Rice’s head.

With Chelsea claimed to be eyeing the defensive midfielder the “will thwy or won’t they sell” discussion has started in earnest among Hammers fans.

And today a Hammers insider explained to ClaretandHugh on the ‘phone that whilst the entire situation remains one of conjecture, the club would be unwilling sellers.

He added that whilst the price tag was £70million last season, with another now almost under his belt, the price would have to rise to £80 million for the Irons England international.

He added the club – despite the growing hole in their finances because of the current health crisis – would certainly not be selling on the cheap.

He declared: “We  don’t want to sell Declan. He’s on a long term deal and  his price can only go up again this time next year so there is no way we would be temped by £40 or £50 million.

“However, the reality is that we don’t want to sell him at all and are confident we won’t have to.”

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About Hugh5outhon1895

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

4 comments on “Exclusive: Irons place new price tag on Declan’s head

  1. If we are still in the premier league next season (whenever that is) then we should not sell; if we are in teh Championship then we will probably have to sell

  2. I honestly think in today’s market 80 million would be a derisory amount for a young international who is still a long way off of reaching the peak of his playing days and the height of his abilities and potential. I wouldn’t let him go for less than 100 million. Especially because it won’t be long before his future value is 200 million.

    • I completely agree. It’s just typical of the naivety of the club’s management that they think £80 million is The market value. We’ve done it so many times in the past. If the mediocre Harry Maguire is worth £80 million, Rice has got to be worth £120m.

  3. With all the money being lost by ALL teams , how can anyone afford these prices being banddied about, surely they would all fail the tests like Man City etc .
    I think there will be plenty of bargains to be had soon and we certainly don’t want to lose our young players as Moyes wants to build a young team so the only ones leaving will be older players who wont cost too much and this , I think , will apply to ALL teams in the near future.

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