West Ham fear they ‘could be forced to sell’ Declan Rice this summer amid interest in the midfielder from both Chelsea and Manchester United.
The Hammers are preparing for a significant overhaul of their first-team squad this summer following a hugely disappointing campaign thus far, the club currently embroiled in a relegation battle having begun the season with aspirations of securing European qualification.
West Ham boss David Moyes is keen to strengthen during the summer window but is aware funds may be limited amid the financial implications of the coronavirus pandemic, with several of the club’s stars available for transfer in a bid to improve finances.
That fee looks optimistic given the current climate, though there is potential for a player-plus-cash deal with Chelsea in particular, the likes of Ross Barkley and Michy Batshuayi likely to be of interest and potentially available.
Moyes is keen to put his own stamp on the West Ham side he inherited following the failings of previous manager Manuel Pellegrini, the Chilean having been sacked following the club’s poor start to the season in December.