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West Ham United reveal their stance on Declan Rice

West Ham want Declan Rice stay
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West Ham United have made it clear that Declan Rice won’t be included in the negotiations to sign Manchester United forward Jesse Lingard this summer.

Lingard has been a huge hit since his loan move in January, bagging eight goals and four assists from just nine appearances.

This has boosted the Hammers’ top-four prospects, and the club are already exploring a permanent deal for the attacker.

It was recently claimed that United could offer Lingard as a makeweight to sign Rice, who has been their long-term target.

However, according to The Sun, the Hammers won’t entertain any kind of offers for the midfielder, and have no plans to sell him.

Rice is currently sidelined with a knee injury, but he is hopeful of getting fit ahead of the European Championships with England.

His contract does not expire until June 2024. There is also a 12-month extension clause, and the Hammers are content to keep him.

Only a bid of around £100m could entice them to sell their prized asset.

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