Man United tipped to sign Declan Rice in January

Noel Whelan says Man United could consider a move to sign Declan Rice in the January transfer window

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (Photo: Sky Sports)

Manchester United have been tipped to make a move to sign Declan Rice from West Ham in the January transfer window by Noel Whelan.

The Red Devils were busy in the summer transfer window as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer set about bolstering his squad ahead of his first full campaign in charge at Old Trafford.

Manchester United signed Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James in the summer window as Solskjaer moved quickly to bolster his midfield and defence.

Attentions will now gradually begin to turn towards the January transfer window and the players that Manchester United may target in the new year.

And former Coventry City forward Whelan seems to think that Manchester United may well be weighing up a move to sign Rice in the January transfer window.

Speaking in an interview quoted by the Daily Express, Whelan said: “West Ham have got a really special player on their hand.

“They will struggled to hold on to him, because the big clubs will be hot on his trail.

“I think Declan Rice could be the next player who goes for a Premier League record fee. We have just seen Harry Maguire go for £80m and I wouldn’t be surprised if Rice goes for more than that, above £90m, even.

“He’s young, English, hugely talented and is such a long way from his peak. You look at a team like Man United, who need a midfield anchorman and you can see it happening.

“They don’t mind paying over the odds for a player, as we saw in the summer. I could see them looking to get Rice in January.”

Rice, 20, has started all four of West Ham United’s Premier League games so far this season.

Meanwhile, Manchester United are currently preparing to return to Premier League action with a home clash against Leicester City on Saturday afternoon.

The Red Devils have only taken five points from their opening four games to leave them seven points behind leaders Liverpool FC.

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