Solskjaer and Woodward ‘aware’ of Man Utd fans’ desired signing


Declan Rice

Declan Rice is attracting interest from Manchester United and Chelsea (Picture: Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images)

Manchester United remain keen on West Ham’s Declan Rice with the club well aware of the need to sign a midfielder next summer, according to reports.

The Red Devils recruited well in the summer transfer window with Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane and Cristiano Ronaldo the big names through the door.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had made it clear his priorities were to recruit a centre-back and a right-sided winger.

But despite the arrivals of Sancho and Varane, plus the bonus return of Ronaldo, some fans believe another central midfielder is required.

According to ESPN, both Solskjaer and executive-vice chairman Ed Woodward are ‘aware’ of the clamour among supporters for a defensive midfielder to be signed but they chose not to in the previous window.

However, that area will be prioritised next summer and West Ham star Rice is the man at the top of their shortlist.

Solskjaer

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer already has one eye on next summer’s transfer window (Picture: Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/Getty Images)

Other midfield options will be considered over the next year but the England international fits the profile of player the club want to recruit.

In addition, a striker will also be on the agenda for next year’s recruitment with it unclear if Edinson Cavani will pen another new deal once his current one expires at the end of this summer.

Rice, who has also attracted interest from Chelsea in recent months, is under contract with the Hammers until 2024 and is reluctant to sign a new contract.

West Ham currently value Rice at around £80m and it’s thought United would want them to lower their fee before making a move.

Speaking last month prior to the transfer window closing, Red Devils legend Rio Ferdinand backed a move for Rice with Chelsea beating his former side to Saul Niguez.

‘I think if the right player becomes available for the right price, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will go and get him,’ Ferdinand told his FIVE YouTube channel.

‘The problem is who is out there and who could be a good fit? Saul Niguez would be a perfect fit and he’s asking price was £160m a couple of years ago, now it’s more like £40-50m.

‘I think Declan Rice would be a massive addition to this squad. I’m a massive fan of his. I would love to see him keep progressing.

‘He was brilliant for England in the summer. I think if West Ham keep him they’ve done unbelievably well. I think he does well staying at West Ham or if he goes.’


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