Former Hammers defender Scott Minto has now jumped on the ever rolling bandwagon with a claim that simply has you shaking your head in bewilderment and resignation at the same time.
ClaretandHugh has contacted top London Stadium insiders on several occasions now to be told the same story – that the Irons would laugh at bids of £50 million.
Manchester United – not unexpectedly – have been regularly linked with the 20 year old but once again we have been told the same story – no inquiry.
But Minto has taken the whole affair to a new level by claiming Real Madrid have thrown their hat into the ring and are actually talking to the Rice family.
He said it on a Malaysian sports internet service called Stadium Astro, and you wonder why if it’s for real why he wouldn’t have chosen a more mainstream operation.
It seems to come from the same rumour factory as Felipe Anderson for Real – a Sky Sports story they later denied.