Moyes sets price ‘north of £150million’ for Rice

West Ham manager David Moyes has vowed that Declan Rice will not be sold for less than £150million, and the price is now “north” of that tantalizing figure.

England midfielder Rice, 23, is a reported target for Chelsea and Manchester United, but the Hammers boss is digging his heels in.

Moyes saw Tottenham reject four offers from Manchester City for England captain Harry Kane last summer, and said West Ham would take a similar stance with their star man.

“The first thing to say is that he’s not for sale,” Moyes said.

“But if you’re interested, well, it’ll be north of that, because £100m was cheap last summer, and £150m right now would be a minimum – but it doesn’t is not for sale.

“I look at what Tottenham did with Harry Kane, albeit in a different way. They said, ‘no, there’s a price and if somebody wants to pay the price then we probably will. If they don’t then he’s not going anywhere.” That’s it, they kept it.

“In many ways the football clubs are responsible, they have the contracts.

“There will be times when the players have the power, but at the moment we have Declan on the best part of a three and a half year contract, just like Tottenham got Harry Kane on a contract and they control what happens. .”

Eleanor C. William