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Report: Clubs Targeting West Ham's Rice If Champions League Bid Fails

Report: Clubs Targeting West Ham's Rice If Champions League Bid Fails
By Jonathan Byrne Updated

News has emerged that Declan Rice could be on his way out of West Ham if they don't qualify for the Champions League this season.

The reports shouldn't come as a major shock, as the Hammers standout has been linked with a move away from the club since Euro 2020 last summer.

The Daily Telegraph says Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United are the frontrunners to secure the signing of Rice in the next transfer window.

The midfielder would be a huge loss for the London outfit as he's been integral in their climb to the fringes of the Premier League's top four.

There are reports Rice isn't exactly pleased with West Ham's quiet January transfer window. David Moyes has admitted they were on the chase for new talent.

West Ham's January Window

One of the names linked with a move on Deadline Day was Atalanta's Duvan Zapata. Sky Sports reported West Ham had submitted a deal sheet but couldn't get the deal done.

Rumours circulated that Moyes was keen to bring in another central defender due to injury worries with Kurt Zouma and Angelo Ogbonna but that failed to materialise.

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According to The Telegraph, West Ham also made moves for Leeds United's Kalvin Phillips in an effort to appease Rice and reunite him with his England teammate.

David Moyes was honest in his assessment of the East London club's lack of business. "It was a late night," he admitted to West Ham on YouTube.

"I would have loved to have said we’d got everything done and dusted early doors. Look, it wasn’t for the want of trying, that’s for sure."

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"Overall, all I can say is that the board have been fantastic. We probably made three record transfer bids from the club in this January window and, let’s be fair, January is never really a great time."

See Also: Liverpool Have A History Of Signing Champions League Opponents

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