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West Ham star Declan Rice ‘likes Man Utd more than they like him’ in transfer update

West Ham star Declan Rice reportedly likes Manchester United more than they like him. The England international has been linked with a move to Old Trafford as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer targets the Premier League title. However, he isn’t the only player on their radar.

Manchester United are planning to be more attacking next season.

With Jadon Sancho in the bag, and Raphael Varane likely to follow, Solskjaer is determined to secure the club a first Premier League title since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013.

And, with that being the case, the Red Devils are eyeing another midfielder.

At present, they’re well-stocked in that department. Paul Pogba, Bruno Fernandes, Donny van de Beek, Nemanja Matic, Fred, James Garner and Scott McTominay are all at their manager’s disposal.

Amid the speculation, Rice has been linked.

Darren Fletcher and John Murtough are both admirers of the 22-year-old, who flourished as England reached the Euro 2020 final.

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United previously eyed the Atletico Madrid star back in 2014 but, with Louis van Gaal at the helm, rejected the chance to snap him up.

And Liverpool and Barcelona currently seem frontrunners in the race to sign the Spain international, who has accused the club of forcing him out.

Meanwhile, Solskjaer recently opened up on the club’s transfer business after his side’s 2-1 pre-season victory over Derby County at Pride Park.

And he admitted that he was just ‘paperwork’ away from welcoming Sancho into the fold.

“From what I understand only paperwork, small little details, hopefully we can announce something,” he said.

“Let’s get all the paperwork done and get him over the line and then I can say what I truly feel about the player.”

On the match itself, the Norwegian then added: “The first game is always difficult, it’s the first test of 45 minutes, big pitch, took a bit of time to get going, loads of young players getting their chance to play with some of the first-team ones.

“Tom [Heaton] was very positive, he’s here to give the other ones a little bit of a challenge as well. He’s conducted himself so well throughout his career. I was just on the end of my career when he was coming up, so I’m so happy to have him.

“We’ve got a young team, a young squad, to have players like him come in, Granty stayed on, Nemanja and Jesse, those two played really well.

“Tom wants to play as well, I think he’s been unlucky with an injury last season. I think he would have been in the England squad if not. Of course, he’s got ambitions.”


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