Rice Sale To Fund Wholesale - Changes Pellegrini On The Fence

Hammers manager Manuel Pellgrini was forthright in his opinion when asked whether Declan Rice would be at the club when next season begins, he was quoted as saying that if a really substantial offer came in for the young West Ham star it would be his duty to put the terms to the club's hierarchy for consideration. Obviously the backlash from such a deal would be massive, but if the major rebuilding programme is to continue, serious funds need to be generated, and that isn't just a case of the chairmen dipping in to their pockets, FFP saw to that (probably much to their relief).

So news that the club have stepped up their hunt for a new centre-back, according to Mundo Deportivo, and have made an €11.5m (roughly £10 Million) bid for Deportivo Alaves defender Guillermo Maripan is a little worrying. As usual West Ham’s initial bid fell well short of Maripan’s €23m (just over £20m) release clause, but Alaves are in financial meltdown and are said to be seriously considering this low ball offer which could see West Ham getting the player for a bargain £10 Million. Maripan apparently wants to move to the Premier League so this transfer will appeal to him, especially as he is Chilean and will have the chance to link up with a fellow countryman as manager.

Hammers are also rumoured to be very close to signing 20 year old french striker AlexisClaude-Maurice, but the likes of Lille, Lyon, Monaco, PSG and RB Leipzig are also said to be interested in him, as are Arsenal. With other high profile targets linked tom the club where is the money going to come from? It is to be hoped, not from the sale of Hammers 'jewel in the crown' Declan Rice, but if push comes to shove what wil happen? - Ed

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Every player has his price. Spurs had to sell Gareth Bale, Man Utd sold Ronaldo et etc. Even Chelsea have to let Eden Hazzard go. A team is 11 not just 1 and as sad as I would be to see Declan go, an offer of £80 million would make it more acceptable.

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Dartford Bhoy's picture

If he is really worth 80M give him a new contract that reflects his true value. I would hate to see him go.

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But he appears to be really happy at westham,loves the club especially the fans.he seems really grounded & I bet nobes has given him a bit of advice.its not always about the money & fame,sometimes people just want to be liked

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mcbikeman's picture

He will stay and continue to improve under El Pel and if he does next season could be his last in west ham colours because the big fish will come knocking and not just from the premier league...life goes on we have been here too many times for it to really get under my skin anymore....heard a rumour that Liverpool could well be in for Lanzini £25million? who knows until the window shuts every player at every club is up for grabs so best not bite the fingernails too much as there is nothing as supporters we can do

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Good one mate

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What will be will be,gone are the days when it is worth worrying about a westham gem staying or leaving.as Joe strummer once said should I stay or should I go

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Dicks is the man's picture

These big sales never work imo. Let's say he goes for 80 mill, we will end up with a poor replacement for about 15 mill and suddenly be told theres no more money.

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moore 6 legend's picture

Spot on mate,you just know how they work.

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Agreed

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