It has emerged that there is a price range that West Ham would consider accepting for star man Declan Rice and it certainly is ‘Bank of England money‘. It has been reported that the Hammers would start to consider offers for Rice that are £100 million and over or in other words a tenth of a billion British sterling pounds.
The number was quoted by Jim White on TalkSport. The Journalist said that figure came from West Ham owner David Sullivan himself. The eye-watering figure, if matched, would make Rice the most expensive Englishman of all time. If bought by an English club, Rice would also become the record transfer in the country.
"“Sullivan has already told me it’s got to be north of £100m or they won’t entertain it.”Jim White on Delcan Rice value."
There has been interest in Rice form some of the countries top clubs, but no formal offers have arrived at West Ham’s door yet. It is believed both Manchester clubs and Liverpool would be keen on signing Rice. Chelsea had been the favourites to sign the youngster, but after Frank Lampard was sacked, it appears their willingness has dropped.
West Ham are keen to keep hold of Delcan Rice, and if anyone wants to buy him, they will need to break the English transfer record.
Many people will think that figure is too high for a defensive midfielder who has only managed one goal all season. West Ham fans will argue differently. The 22-year-old has become the star of the East London side and offers so much to the team besides goals. Rice, along with Tomas Soucek, have formed one of the best partnerships in the Premier League.
While Soucek gets the plaudits with the goals he has scored, Rice, he does the dirty work, which is done exceptionally well. Rice averages an 88% pass accuracy, two tackles and two inceptions per ninety minutes. The England international is great at winning the ball and keeping it, making him vital to West Ham’s success this season.
The Hammers should do all they can to keep hold of Rice, especially if they do qualify for European football this season. David Moyes’ side currently occupy fourth place in the Premier League and want to make the Champions League next season.
Though if they did cash in on their star, a tenth of a billion pounds would go a long way if reinvested correctly back into the club. With that amount of money, the club could by 20 Vladimir Coufals or six and half (roughly) Tomas Souceks although it could buy two Sebastien Hallers so they will need to be careful.