According to West Ham news website Claret & Hugh, West Ham United manager David Moyes wants to bring two new centre-backs to the club this summer to allow him to play Declan Rice as a defensive midfielder, and Irons fans have been quick to have their say on the rumour.
The 6ft 1in Republic of Ireland international has largely been playing as part of a three-man defence in recent weeks with Winston Reid and James Collins absent through injury, although he was publicly criticised by Moyes for his mistake that led to an Aaron Ramsey goal in the 4-1 defeat against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium last weekend.
The Irons have already been linked with moves for Brighton and Hove Albion’s Lewis Dunk and Swansea City’s Alfie Mawson, and it seems as strengthening at the heart of the defence is the priority for the east London outfit.
West Ham supporters took to social media to give their thoughts on Moyes’ latest plan for Rice, and while one said “what is he thinking”, another said “Moyes is clueless if he does that”.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
He's not a defensive midfielder just play him in his correct position of centre half. Moyes is clueless if he does that.
— William Field (@wilfield71) April 26, 2018
For which club ?? Please not ours ⚒
— Lee Richards (@LeeRich43917655) April 26, 2018
Lets hope his contract doesn't get extended
— Neil McCarthy (@neil_mccarthy) April 26, 2018
That makes no sense
— Ol (@UlvisWHU) April 26, 2018
Oh so we’re going to stick another defender into midfield ???
— Sam Avery (@sam_avery1) April 27, 2018
What is he thinking.Goalkeeper as a centre forward.
— Lynne Cannell (@LynneCannell51) April 26, 2018
— Matt Oliver (@Moliver94) April 26, 2018