Manchester United are ready to launch an £80m move to sign West Ham midfielder Declan Rice in the January transfer window.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are long-term admirers of the 20-year-old, who has established himself as one of the brightest prospects in the Premier League since breaking through and becoming a regular at the London Stadium.
Manchester United have endured a difficult start to the new season, though the board are prepared to back Solskjaer ahead of the winter window having acknowledged the club have been left short of sufficient depth.
One key area that needs strengthening is in midfield, the club having seen both Ander Herrera and Marouane Fellaini depart during the calendar year without replacements and a move for the defensive-minded Rice is being prepared by the United hierarchy.
According to the Daily Mail, United have compiled a list of potential targets ahead of next season and could make a move for Rice as early as January, though West Ham would likely demand a fee of around £80m for a player who has won six senior caps for England.