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David Moyes insists West Ham hasn’t spoken to Chelsea or Man Utd about Declan Rice


West Ham United manager Declan Rice has brushed aside rumors that the midfielder could be sold this month.

Chelsea have been following Rice since last summer and are said to have made the 22-year-old their main transfer target, while Manchester United have recently been tipped to rekindle their interest in Rice to bolster both their defense and midfield.

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Chelsea and United love Rice | Justin Setterfield / Getty Images

After his team’s 1-0 win over Burnley on Saturday, Moyes was asked if there was any truth to the rumors that Rice could be close to leaving the club, but the boss wasted little time in shoot down history.

“They’re not true, we haven’t had any contact from either of these clubs regarding Declan and we wouldn’t want them anyway,” Moyes told Amazon Prime (quoted by the Daily Mail). “He’s doing great for us, he’s a great leader now, he’s taken a lot of the weight off Mark Noble.

“He turns out to be a very good player but also a very good boy and a good one at the club.”

Moyes’ comments come as no real surprise. Chelsea and United would rather wait until the end of the season to make a deal of this magnitude. West Ham is believed to want £ 80million to part ways with their midfielder, and that price could be even higher at this point in the season.

However, West Ham can expect some contact at the end of the season. Chelsea are generally expected to try to lure their former academy youngster to Stamford Bridge, although they have to offload a handful of fringe players to raise enough money to make a deal viable.

Given Rice’s close ties to the club, Chelsea are believed to be his favorite destination, but the Blues need to free up space in their squad – something they failed to do this summer – even before they be able to please a successful movement for Rice.

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Chelsea would be the favorite | Marc Atkins / Getty Images

There is a long list of players who could be sold to raise funds. Marcos Alonso, Emerson, Antonio Rudiger, Fikayo Tomori and Kepa Arrizabalaga all face uncertain futures at Stamford Bridge, but their sale has proven easier said than done.

If Chelsea can’t raise the money, a move for Rice may well be impossible, and that could open the door for United to jump in and strike a deal.

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