Liverpool are interested in bringing West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice to Anfield, according to Dean Jones.
The Reds remain heavily linked with Borussia Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham, but Jones says Rice is also on Jurgen Klopp’s radar.
Liverpool transfer news – Declan Rice
Football Insider recently reported that West Ham expect to lose Rice, who has been described as a “leader”. Henry Winter of the Timesto a Champions League club next summer.
As for who it could actually be, the same outlet have named Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea as teams currently keeping a close eye on the England international.
Elsewhere, an article by The Telegraph claims Rice could cost £70m, while he has also claimed Liverpool are chasing Bellingham.
It will now be interesting to see where both players end up if they are allowed to leave their respective clubs next summer.
What has Dean Jones said about Declan Rice and Liverpool?
Jones has told GIVEMESPORT that Rice is indeed someone Liverpool are looking at.
Speaking to GMS, the reporter said: “Declan Rice is someone of interest, and we know both players are almost certain to transfer in 2023. But it would be interesting if Liverpool don’t land Bellingham to see what they do. He reckons that is the most important thing.
“Is he an emerging talent or is he just someone who considers himself one of the best in the world?”
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Declan Rice’s contract situation
Seconds Transfer marketRice’s existing deal runs until 2024, but West Ham can extend it by a further year.
Seconds Salary Sportsthe 23-year-old’s wages are £62,000-a-week but are expected to rise significantly if he signs a new deal at the Hammers or joins Liverpool next summer.
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There aren’t too many better defensive midfielders than Rice in the Premier League at the moment. His average of 1.6 interceptions per game is actually one of the best in the division (via WhoScored).
It means Rice’s next contract, wherever he signs it, will likely have to be a big one.
West Ham will be hoping it’s at the London Stadium, but Rice will find it hard to say no to a team like Liverpool. And with his current deal coming to an end, a move to Anfield, Stamford Bridge, Old Trafford or elsewhere next summer cannot be ruled out.
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