According to the Daily Star, Manchester United are keen to bring West Ham’s Declan Rice to Old Trafford.
Rice’s contract disputes with West Ham
Rice is just 19 years of age and his current contract is reportedly worth just £3,000 per week.
Rice’s current deal with the Hammers is also due to run out in July of 2019, meaning Rice could well be available on a free come the summer.
West Ham have reportedly offered the youngster a new contract worth around £20,000 per week.
However, it is understood that Rice rejected that deal.
Rice has spent all of his senior career with West Ham, racking up 44 appearances in all competitions for their first team.
Rice is naturally a centre-back, however, he can also play as a centre defensive mid.
A role he has played and excelled in nine times this season for the Hammers.
— Declan Rice (@_DeclanRice) November 3, 2018
Man United’s poor defence
It is no surprise that Man United are being linked with a defensive minded player, given their awful defensive record this season.
United would fail to strengthen their centre-backs over the summer and they are now paying the price.
Man United have let in 21 goals in 12 Premier League games this season.
It is the worst record of the top 14 Premier League sides with only Huddersfield, Fulham, Burnley and Cardiff conceding more in the league this season.
As a result, it is very clear that United must make changes to their back line and signing Rice would certainly help with that.
Man United’s next game sees them take on Crystal Palace on the 24th of November.