Moyes spanner in Rice talks


David Moyes has thrown a spanner into the negotiations which could see Declan Rice join Arsenal this summer.

A day after David Sullivan revealed that he expected bids to start appearing the Sun claims that Gooners boss Artel Miketa has offered £95 million for the Hammers defensive midfielder.

Moyes Spanner in Rice talks is Emile Smith Rowe

That is not enough anyway and with Bayern Munich and Manchester United also keen, the straight cash fee looks set to rise above the £100m minimum wanted by the Hammers.

However, Moyes has now allegedly told his former player – now the Arsenal boss – that he would be more interested in a cash plus player deal in the shape of attacking midfielder

The Sun claims that Moyes is allegedly a very big fan of Emile Smith Rowe but the problem is that the Gunners manager is too and insisting that he is simply not for sale.

The Scot believes that the 22 year old could help in his Hammers rebuild even if he is not near the top of the Arsenal pecking order at Arsenal.

This season, Smith Rowe made just 12 Premier League appearances whereas last term he made 33 and scored 10 goals.

The situation will definitely test Arteta’s resolve given that he has made Rice his priority target and it raises an interesting scenario at the London Stadium.

With David Sullivan and the board awaiting a decision on his future it is bizarre – of this report is accurate from The Sun – that the manager is already making such decisions about the summer’s transfer dealings.

Be that as it may, it certainly suggests that Sullivan was on the case when making it clear that Rice had probably now played his final West ham game as the club lifted the Euro Conference trophy.

There’s an interesting few days ahead.

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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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