By Simon Leyland
David Moyes is talking huge numbers should Declan Rice kleave as expected this summer without putting a precise figure on the captain.
Following his towering performance against Newcastle yesterday, BBC News have report David Moyes as saying: “Declan Rice will command a fee which will not just smash the British record but “blow it out of the water.”
Only last week Chelski signed the Benfica midfielder Enzo Fernandez for a mind boggling £107 million making him the most expensive Premier League signing ever, despite only making 29 appearances!.
England midfielder Rice, 24, has played 224 times for the Hammers since his 2017 debut and now captains the club but will Chelsea be in a position to pay it – wait and see time..
“Undoubtedly Declan is going to be a top player,” said Moyes.
“He’ll be a British transfer record if he ever leaves West Ham.”
Rice, who joined the Hammers youth set-up in 2014,as we know only has 18 months left on his contract and has reportedly turned down new deals.
It seems odds on that he is on his way although Moyes’ last comment on things that the club would fight tooth and nail to keep him at West Ham so the tune seems to be changing – at least ever so slightly.
Asked after Saturday’s 1-1 Premier League draw with Newcastle if Rice’s departure was inevitable, Moyes said: “I hope it’s not. I hope he sees his time here.”
Sadly, as reported elsewhere on the site, it is more than likely that he will be off to the Gooners in the summer. If we do get a Kings ransom for him , I just hope that for once, it is spent wisely.
I understand that Benni McCarthy has a brother….Don`t even think about it Moyes !
Why is DM referring to Dec´s market valuation, it has nothing to do with him, the interested clubs will determine that at the time. I feel he´s trying to somehow connect himself to a high valuation thus taking some personal credit and buying himself some brownie points with the club owners.
I’m of the opinion that Downes would be an excellent replacement for Rice. He’s young, energetic and reads the game well. We could then spend the money on a backup CM and have plenty left to sort out the full back positions.
“I understand that Benni McCarthy has a brother….Don`t even think about it Moyes !”
I don’t see Moyes overseeing this as even if he stays and gets us out of relegation this season i can’t see him being our manager for the next season(I’m praying he isn’t!)
We have absolutely no chance of Champions League for next season-the best we can hope for is Europa League and only if we win The Conference this. Would he stay for EL? He already did that. Would WH promise another bumper summer buying but with bigger names, who might hit the ground running? Will Moyes still be manager?