West Ham told TWO reasons why headline taking star will complete transfer move

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Is Rice leaving Hammers?

Ex-West Ham star Tony Cottee has told his former side that they should expect plenty of interest in Declan Rice next summer

There has been alot of speculation regarding the future of Declan Rice over the past 12 months and many people expected him to depart the club this window

But with it being in a world cup year – and the fact the Hammers want a staggering £150m for the midfielder – he will be staying at the London Stadium this transfer window

However – Cottee believes that the Hammers will be forced to reduce their valuation due to the England international’s contract running down and also because he will eventually want to play at a higher level.

He told BETDAQ: “West Ham have done well to keep Declan this season. It was important that they stamped their authority and put a ridiculous price tag on his head – £150million. If you don’t pay £120m for Harry Kane, you’re not going to pay £150m for Declan.

“But the further into his contract he is, the cheaper he will be, and this time next year, you might be able to pick him up for £90m or £100m, which is more realistic for the big boys.

“I can honestly say Declan is good enough to play for any of the top six clubs in this country, as well as Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, PSG… Name any club in Europe, he is good enough to play there.

“I hope West Ham can keep him, but I fear the worst, as all West Ham fans do.

“The only way they can potentially keep him is for West Ham to get into the Champions League for next season.

“And I think that could be a step too far for them this year. I wouldn’t be surprised if in a year’s time he’ll be lining up for his new club.”

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