‘Confidential’ column names three players West Ham want with Rice money

‘Confidential’ column names three players West Ham want with Rice money

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A well-informed ‘confidential’ transfer column has named three players West Ham want to buy with the Declan Rice money this summer.

Declan Rice’s impending departure from West Ham promises to be one of the biggest transfers of the summer window.

That window opens for domestic transfers on June 13th – just days after the finals of the three UEFA competitions.

West Ham are hoping they’ll be in one of those in a fitting send-off for the beloved captain.

Behind the scenes at West Ham attentions are already turning to who might replace him.

The Hammers have been linked with a plethora of midfield players.

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Major focus on getting use of Rice funds right

Rice is a generational talent and something of a hybrid player in midfield. So it is likely West Ham will need two players of differing styles to replace him and reshape their midfield.

Whether David Moyes and Rob Newman are given that responsibility remains to be seen.

That’s after it was confirmed David Sullivan has already started the process of recruiting a Director of Football.

Sullivan and the Hammers board are said to be unhappy with how over a quarter of a billion pounds has been spent in the last four windows.

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‘Confidential’ transfer column names three players West Ham want to buy with Declan Rice money

The club know they simply have to get it right when it comes to replacing such an influential player.

Now a ‘confidential’ transfer column has named three players West Ham want to buy with the Rice money.

Journalist Simon Jones is well informed when it comes to Premier League transfer dealings.

And he produces the Transfer Confidential column for The Daily Mail.

In his latest one this week, Jones claims West Ham are eyeing Man United’s Scott McTominay, Valencia’s Yunus Musah and Bristol City’s Alex Scott this summer.

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Three-way battle for Rice and three names on West Ham list to replace him

He also suggests that while Arsenal are favourites for Rice, Man City could trump them by meeting West Ham’s valuation.

Jones claims Man United are also in the running for Rice. And he says they will offer McTominay in exchange, something West Ham would consider.

“West Ham are keeping an eye on former Arsenal trainee Yunus Musah at Valencia,” Jones reports.

“The super-quick Musah was at Arsenal between the ages of nine and 16 before moving to Valencia where he made his first team debut as a 17-year-old.

“West Ham retain an interest in Bristol City’s Alex Scott, also wanted by Wolves, but they are reluctant to meet the £25m asking price.”

West Ham have been linked with all three players previously.

So Jones’ claim suggests there is no smoke without fire.


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