Man United transfer news: Red Devils contact West Ham over Declan Rice deal

Manchester United have contacted West Ham over a potential deal for Declan Rice, according to reports.

The 20-year-old made 34 Premier League appearances for the Hammers last season and his form resulted in a senior England debut in March.

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Declan Rice is a fans’ favourite at the London Stadium
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Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is believed to view Rice as an ideal replacement for departing midfielder Ander Herrera, who leaves the club when his contract expires at the end of the month.

But The Sun claim West Ham would only be tempted to sell their most prized asset for around £80million.

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Rice, who was lauded by Man City boss Pep Guardiola last year, only signed a new long-term deal in December.

“Declan Rice is an excellent young player and he will be a top English player for many years to come,” Guardiola said.

The former Chelsea academy player insists he is fully focused on the Hammers, but revealed his desire to play Champions League football one day.

Last month, he said: “I know that there’s speculation but during the season last year I just signed a new five-year contract with West Ham.

“So my focus is fully on playing for West Ham. I’ve got a great connection with the fans, the fans love me and I love them and that’s the way it is at the moment.

“I’m not thinking about anything else.

“You want to play in the Champions League. If you were in football and you didn’t want to do that there’d be no point playing.”

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