Liverpool have now been dealt a transfer blow as West Ham United manager David Moyes has ruled out a January move for midfielder Declan Rice.
Speaking with GOAL after the Hammers’ FA Cup victory over Brentford, the Irons boss shared his verdict on the rumours suggesting a departure is on the cards for the 23-year-old this month.
“The transfer bit, I’m sure you can put away because that won’t be happening in January, that’s for sure, and it never was,” Moyes said.
According to the Liverpool Echo, the Merseyside outfit were very impressed with the midfielder’s performances for England whilst playing at the World Cup.
CBS journalist Ben Jacobs claimed the Reds may be able to secure the West Ham captain for around the £75m mark.
Moyes rules out January move for Rice
With Liverpool likely to lose the likes of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and James Milner upon the expiry of their contracts this summer, Jurgen Klopp will need to make multiple midfield signings over the course of the year.
However, as journalist David Lynch has pointed out, the club will need to add a homegrown player to their squad.
Therefore, although Rice has been ruled out of a move this month, he could be a brilliant option for the Reds in the summer.
With the desperate need to add quality additions in the middle of the park, a move for the England international would make perfect sense for Liverpool.
Not only would they be getting an experienced Premier League player, they would also be filling part of their homegrown quota.
Thus, hailed by Reds transfer target Jude Bellingham as a ‘top player’, this could be an excellent signing for Klopp to make.