‘Man Utd would be a good move’

West Ham midfielder Declan Rice has been told that Manchester United could be a good move for him by Paul Merson.

Rice has been in fine form this season for the Hammers, and is now widely recognised as one of the top midfielders in the Premier League.

Was this the night that West Ham United finally came home?

His performances have seen him linked with a move to a number of different clubs including Chelsea, where he played in the youth academy, and Manchester United.

Now former Arsenal man Merson has urged him to make the move in the upcoming summer transfer window, naming the aforementioned clubs as possible destinations dependent on differed factors.

Writing in his Daily Star column, Merson said: “Declan Rice should strike while the iron’s hot and leave West Ham this summer. He’s taken his game to another level this season and is playing like N’Golo Kante now, affecting things at both ends of the pitch.

“I’d be surprised if Declan Rice is playing for West Ham next season. They have completely punched above their weight for months.

“Where could he go? Depends what happens at Chelsea and who buys the club. Manchester United would be a good move, but will they get in the Champions League? That’s where Rice wants to play.

“They play Tottenham this weekend and playing Spurs should always be a big game for West Ham but the Europa League game against Sevilla was a bigger one.

“West Ham have gone past Spurs, and to be honest I don’t know how Tottenham have allowed that to happen.

“You just hope West Ham don’t miss out on the Champions League by a point or two, because they will be kicking themselves. They will be wondering why they didn’t go out and get another striker in January.”

United’s need to midfield reinforcements is well known, especially with Paul Pogba set to depart on a free transfer in the summer.

Chelsea, on the other hand, have been been regularly linked with the England international, but any move could be dependent on the club’s ongoing ownership crisis.

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