‘If I know Moyes’ - Sam Allardyce predicts who West Ham star Declan Rice will join out of Man City & Arsenal

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The former Hammers boss has made a major claim over the future of the England star.

Former West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce believes Declan Rice will leave the London Stadium this summer - but only on one condition.

The England star has been heavily linked with moves to the likes of Arsenal, Manchester City and Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich after establishing himself as one of the Premier League’s most consistent midfielders.

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Declan Rice has praised Mateo Kovacic with both linked to Manchester City.Declan Rice has praised Mateo Kovacic with both linked to Manchester City.
Declan Rice has praised Mateo Kovacic with both linked to Manchester City. | Getty Images

The Hammers captain made a half-century of appearances last season and was integral in helping David Moyes side win the Europa Conference League with a historic 2-1 win over Fiorentina earlier this month. The victory saw Rice become only the third only the third West Ham skipper to lift a major trophy in the history of the club and further enhanced his reputation with potential suitors.

Arsenal are believed to have lodged at least two unsuccessful bids to land Rice in recent weeks as West Ham continued to demand a fee in excess of £100million for their prize asset. Speculation over interest from Bayern and treble winners Man City has continued to grow - and former Hammers manager Allardyce believes the latter will win the race for the England midfielder if they offer a suitable player in exchange.

When asked where Rice would start next season, he told the ‘No Tippy Tippy Football Podcast’: “Man City, somebody will go back the other way.

“If I know Moysey, there would have to be a player in the deal for him and that would mean it would be easier for the club who is buying him because they wouldn’t have to pay David Sullivan’s (asking price). It would be over £100million in total but it would be so much under that player and that player’s value would take that deal over £100million and David would get somebody he really needed.”

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