Watford captain Troy Deeney believes West Ham may receive a bid in the region of £60m for midfielder Declan Rice if he performs well at this summer’s European Championships.
The 22-year-old has put in some superb displays for both club and country this season and Deeney thinks that if the England international continues his current form, other teams will take notice:
“It will be really interesting to see how he does at the Euros and whether that solidifies somebody from the top clubs to go: ‘Right, we’re going to pay the £50-60m that it takes to get him’.”
Manchester United and Chelsea are believed to be the two main clubs interested in Rice, although there were reports that Liverpool were keeping tabs on the midfielder too.
In any case, were one of these teams to make a £60m offer, as Deeney suggests, it is very unlikely to be accepted by the Hammers. Manager David Moyes has already said it would take a bid in excess of £100m to make them consider selling up.
Rice has become one of the top midfielders in the country over the past 18 months and West Ham will very keen to keep hold of him for as long as possible.