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Liverpool plan Declan Rice raid; contact already made with West Ham

Liverpool have eyes on West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice, according to reports. They’re far from the only ones, however.

This comes from 90min. They claim Liverpool, along with several other clubs, want to sign Declan Rice from West Ham.

Other potential destinations? Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea. All of the named clubs have apparently made contact over the player.

Rice wants a move, too, though it’s unclear where. He simply wants to leave the Hammers come the end of the season. It doesn’t sound like he’s too fussed where that is, as long as it’s a step up.

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A reliable West Ham ‘in the know’ linked Liverpool with interest in Rice this summer. ExWHUemployee made that claim – and he’s supposedly ultra reliable.

There might be some real truth in this one, then. We just have a few issues with it.

Firstly, the interest here will force Rice’s price to skyrocket. City, United and Chelsea can all easily justify signing the player and pay far more than Liverpool tend to.

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We can only really see the Reds securing the 22-year-old if he actively pushes for a move to Anfield. It is possible, of course, as we saw with Virgil van Dijk.

It’s certainly rare, however.

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But Liverpool went record-breaking for Van Dijk and with good reason. They desperately needed a top centre-back to solidify their defence. The situation is different with Rice.

Jurgen Klopp sets out his side with one holding player and that’s typically Fabinho. The Brazilian is one of the absolute best in the world at it and has just signed a new contract.

So we don’t know why Liverpool would break the bank for Rice. Nor could they guarantee him a starring role, which surely rules out him pushing for the move.

It’s a nice idea and we rate Rice highly. We struggle to see how this one could happen, however.

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