West Ham manager David Moyes has said neither Chelsea nor Manchester United have made an official approach for midfielder Declan Rice.
The Blues are still thought to be very keen on the England international, while United have also emerged as potential rivals for the 22-year-old’s signature in recent days, but Moyes is adamant he wants to keep the player:
“They’re not true [rumours of a bid], we’ve had no contact from either of those clubs regarding Declan and we wouldn’t want any anyway.”
It is widely believed that Rice would be open to a move to Stamford Bridge if a bid was made for him, but much will depend on Chelsea freeing up transfer funds so they can meet the midfielder’s £70m asking price.
The departure of Fikayo Tomori to AC Milan is expected in the coming days, although the Rossoneri only have an option to sign the defender permanently for €30m (£27m) so that sum is not guaranteed.
No offers have been made for other players (such as Marcos Alonso) deemed surplus to requirements either, so a formal bid for Rice may have to wait until next summer.