West Ham are nearing deals for two central defenders, but could their decisiveness in the transfer market be bad news for Declan Rice?
Last season was a long and miserable year for West Ham fans, but one of the silver linings of the cloudy season was the emergence of Declan Rice.
Fans have had high hopes for the youngster for quite some time, and when he finally broke through into the first team he did not disappoint.
The 19 year-old, who can play as a central defender of defensive midfielder, made 26 Premier League appearances, averaging 1.4 tackles and one interception per game while boasting a 79 per cent pass success rate.
According to recent reports though, the Hammers are going to add not one but two centre backs this summer.
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Sky Sports claim Issa Diop is all set for a medical, and the young French defender will likely cost around £22m, so he will almost certainly get a starting spot.
Swansea City’s towering defender Alfie Mawson has also been heavily linked, and the big Englishman would be a vast improvement on the current defensive crop in East London.
Rice could of course move in to midfield, but Manuel Pellegrini is expected to make additions in that department as well, so the Hammers’ summer plans could potentially hamper Rice’s progress.
So, if Diop and Mawson both join, does Rice have an immediate future with the Hammers? Should he start? West Ham fans, let us know by voting in the poll below…