Paul Ince believes West Ham United’s £80m valuation of youngster Declan Rice is ‘ridiculous’ despite rumours linking him with a move to Man United. Red Devils were said to be interested in England international during the summer but Hammers asking price put them off and Norwegian coach prioritised bolstering his defence instead.
However, Man United’s lack of quality and depth in midfield has been evident during the opening weeks of the Premier League season resulting in links with Declan resurfacing. But Ince, who made a controversial move from West Ham to Red Devils in 1989, thinks that Rice would be better served remaining in with Hammers.
‘People say things just for the sake of saying them. I don’t think they’ll spend £80m on Declan Rice, that’s for sure, at this moment in time,’ he told TalkSport. ‘You’ve got to remember he was a centre-half and as a midfield player, I’ve watched quite a lot of him this year, he’s still got a long way to go.
‘I think he’s at the right club at West Ham, he’s playing week in, week out, which is essential, and I think he’s got the right people around him, like Mark Noble, who has been there a long time, so he’ll learn a lot.
Red Devils have embarked on a home-grown transfer policy during Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s time in charge evidenced by their signings of Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James in the summer.
As well as English midfielder, Man United have also been linked with Leicester duo James Maddison and Ben Chilwell, Newcastle starlet Sean Longstaff and Borussia Dortmund forward Jadon Sancho.