According to the Daily Express, Tottenham Hotspur are lining up a £35 million summer bid for West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice.
The 20-year-old has been in fine form this season, and has made himself a vital member of Manuel Pellegrini’s first team squad. His performances have been so impressive that the Irons handed him a new long-term contract in December.
However, this new deal doesn’t appear to have put Spurs off. It’s easy to see why Mauricio Pochettino would want to add Rice to his squad too, especially after Moussa Dembele’s January exit to join Chinese Super League club Guangzhou R&F.
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The Hammers, though, must do all they can to hang onto Rice, despite their rivals’ interest in his services. The London-born ace has the capacity to shine for West Ham for many years to come if they can keep him at the club.
After the story of Spurs’ interest emerged, plenty of West Ham fans took to Twitter to give their reactions…
£35m from Spurs for Rice ain’t a bad deal if they throw in Wanyama. Money to reinvest elsewhere and a ready made replacement.
— DAVE (@OfficialBigDave) 9 February 2019
This has to be a joke!!! Guy will be future star club and country! 35m lol double it and throw son in
— SJ elite colts u13 (@strassbergfc) 9 February 2019
@ExWHUemployee paper talk spurs planning on bidding 35mill for rice is there any substance and obviously I very much doubt we will sell
— Steve (@Steve_3009) 9 February 2019
Oh no. Spurs showing interest in Declan Rice and are preparing to offer…. wait for it… £35m! However will we resist?…
— Munky (@IAmTheMunky) 9 February 2019
Rice wouldn’t downgrade to spurs
— Mikael Devold (@urfytheslayer) 9 February 2019
West Ham would never do business with spurs both clubs said that years ago
— Jamie Daley (@DaleyJamie) 9 February 2019
There is no way Declan Rice would leave West Ham … typical flaky Daily Express
— Lizzi (@lizzi_watson) 9 February 2019
The idea of selling Declan Rice to Spurs is just thoroughly depressing. If we have to sell him, sell him to literally anyone else.
— Ariurotl® Classic™ (@Ariurotl) 8 February 2019