Declan Rice

Arsenal legend Paul Merson has urged West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice to join Manchester United this summer. 

Rice has been in fine form for the Hammers in the past 18 months and has become one of the Premier League’s top performers. The 23-year-old has been heavily linked with moves to Chelsea and United.

Merson has urged the England international to leave the London Stadium this summer. The former Arsenal midfielder also believes Old Trafford could be the perfect destination for him.

“Declan Rice should strike while the iron’s hot and leave West Ham this summer,” Merson told the Daily Star.

“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 on 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.”

According to reports, the Hammers value their midfielder at £100million.

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