West Ham are yet to receive any formal bids for Declan Rice, according to talkSPORT’s Jim White.
Rice has been the subject of transfer speculation this summer, after his impressive Euro 2020 campaign with England, with both Chelsea and Manchester United said to be interested.
The latest rumours suggest the Blues are planning to offer Tammy Abraham to the Hammers as part of a player-plus-cash deal in a bid to re-sign the midfielder.
Rice was with Chelsea as a youngster, but released when he was 14, and are now surely looking on with envy as he skippers their London rivals.
The 22-year-old starred with England at Euro 2020, with his stock only rising after the tournament where he started every game for the beaten finalists.
Despite the reported interest, however, there have been no bids for the midfielder.
According to Jim White, there have not even been any conversations within West Ham about their vice-captain leaving this summer.
The talkSPORT host said: “I can tell you there has been no bid for Declan Rice so far, they don’t want one.
“There haven’t even been any conversations from other clubs regarding Declan Rice.”
Former Hammers winger Trevor Sinclair replied: “That will be received really well from the fans.
“He has had an exceptional season, 22 years old and he’s just had a superb Euros.”
The Hammers are believed to be demanding £100million for his services and Carlton Cole, who played for both West Ham and Chelsea, believes he is worth that fee following his exceptional displays at Euro 2020 for the Three Lions.
He told talkSPORT: “Every time he kicked a ball in the Euros, I was like: ‘His price has gone up!’
“He’s becoming more and more desirable and, for me, he’s a top, top player – we all know that at West Ham.
“He’s proved himself there and been under the mentorship of a great West Ham legend in Mark Noble.
“He [Noble] hasn’t had any caps for England but been a great model pro. Rice has been working under his tutelage and learning the ropes in how to be a leader on the pitch.
“He’s got the qualities of a centre-midfielder, but he can play as a centre-back as well. All it is with Declan is that he needs games at the highest level.”
Asked whether he was worth £50m, Cole responded: “I’m going double that. In this day and age that is.
“He’s so valued by West Ham and an integral part of this West Ham outfit.
“If you start selling your best players, then you’ll be in trouble.”
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