West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice would be seriously tempted to join Liverpool if the club made a move to sign him.
That’s according to journalist Dean Jones, writing for his ‘Transfer Update’ column on GiveMeSport.
The England international is said to be under consideration if Borussia Dortmund star Jude Bellingham proves to be unattainable.
Previously, Hammers manager David Moyes has said Rice is not for sale, unless a team meets his £150m valuation of the player.
Now, it’s reported that the 23-year-old could be available for just £70m – less than half of what Moyes was demanding earlier this year.
According to Jones, the midfielder is almost certain to leave the Irons this summer, and it is believed that if the Reds made a move to land him at Anfield, Rice would be seriously tempted to join.
Although Chelsea are seen as the favourites, moving out of London doesn’t appear to be an issue for the player.
The success and history of the Merseyside club could therefore be a massive factor in the youngster’s decision.
Rice seriously tempted by Liverpool
Although Bellingham would be absolutely perfect for Jurgen Klopp’s midfield, Rice would certainly be a brilliant addition to the Reds’ squad.
At just 23-years-old, the Englishman has already amassed 215 first-team appearances for West Ham, having taken over from Mark Noble as club captain.
Having finished as the Irons’ most important player last season and currently averaging the highest match rating thus far this term, the midfielder has proven himself as one of the best players outside of the ‘big six’.
Statistically comparable to previous Liverpool target Aurelien Tchouameni, now at Real Madrid, Rice is one of the most exciting holding midfielders in world football.
Hailed by Anfield legend Steven Gerrard as a ‘superb’ player, his arrival on Merseyside would certainly be welcomed.
Hopefully Klopp can reunite the current England midfield three – Bellingham, Henderson and Rice – at Liverpool in the near future.