Two Premier League giants in battle to sign West Ham captain Declan Rice

Manchester United are reported to be the frontrunners to sign West Ham midfielder Declan Rice with competition for the England internationals signature coming from Liverpool also.

It was revealed by journalists Duncan Castles and Ian McGarry onThe Transfer Window podcast that United and Liverpool are both said to be interested in signing the 22-year-old.

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“He’s no longer on the transfer list of recruitment possibilities for the Stamford Bridge club but, has certainly aroused the interest of both Liverpool and Manchester United,” McGarry said. “Both of whom have expressed interest to Rice’s agent, as we understand and have asked to be informed of any offers made for the England international.”

“It’s our information that United at this moment in time are the greater in terms of being interested in Rice, out of the two clubs. That’s also based upon the possibility of players leaving Old Trafford however.

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“Clearly what’s been going on over the last few weeks has been a rotational system where Fred, Scott McTominay and Nemanja Matic have been involved – playing certain games and being left out of certain games.

“It’s our information that one of those players more or less needs to be shipped out in order for Rice to join Manchester United, both on the basis of fee, wages and contract because at this moment in time the financial situation at the club is such that they’re prefer not to add another expensive player to their 25-man squad.

“They would instead prefer to at least dispose of one of those players in order to make it more feasible for them to sign Rice.”

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