Manchester United make Declan Rice decision ahead of midfield summer signing

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Manchester United have made West Ham’s Declan Rice their main midfield target ahead of the summer transfer window, according to reports.

United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to improve his midfield options ahead of a Premier League title bid next season and the Norwegian has placed Rice at the top of his list of targets.

The 22-year-old was crucial for West Ham as they marked an impressive campaign by qualifying for the Europa League on the final day of the season.

Rice scored a late third goal as David Moyes’ side defeated Southampton 3-0 to finish sixth in the top-flight.

The England midfielder added to Pablo Fornals’ first-half brace in a comfortable win at the London Stadium.

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Rice has played 32 times in the Premier League this season. He was only prevented from being ever-present by a knee injury suffered on England duty in March.

But Solskjaer plans to prize Rice away from West Ham in the summer, according to United We Stand.

West Ham are unlikely to accept anything below £80million, although could be tempted by United using midfielder Jesse Lingard as makeweight.

Lingard has starred on loan at West Ham this season, scoring nine times since arriving on a temporary deal in January.

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West Ham boss David Moyes has said that the club has no intention of selling Rice this summer.

Chelsea will reportedly also reignite their interest in their former academy starlet when the transfer window reopens on June 9.

Rice signed for West Ham from the Blues aged 14.

But Moyes wants to keep Lingard, whose goals were a key factor in them qualifying for Europe for the first time since 2017.

“I don’t think David Sullivan, David Gold or myself have any intention of losing Declan Rice,” Moyes said after seeing his side end their campaign with a comfortable win against the Saints on Sunday.

“We have just qualified for Europe, I think it is a brilliant achievement and Declan is a big part of that and we want him to be a big part of what we do next year as well.

“I hope Jesse is here [next season], we would like to keep him but there is no guarantee, he is not our player.

“He has done an exceptional job for us on loan, and we will see where we go from there. I hope Jesse will also appreciate that West Ham has been good for Jesse.

“I think he was in a place where maybe there are not many other clubs where what he has done here would have happened for him.

“We have given him an opportunity and a platform.

“[We had] a group of players that were in good form going into January, Jesse helped us but he joined a group of players with momentum and a club that was doing well and on the up.

“So, yes, I would like to keep Jesse.”
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