Manchester United may offer Jesse Lingard to West Ham in order to seal the signing of Declan Rice, according to reports.
More acquisitions are expected as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks to improve his squad, with a centre-back, right-back and defensive midfield all being targeted.
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West Ham are desperate to keep their star man as they prepare to compete in the Europa League next season but, according to the Guardian, Rice is keen to play Champions League football.
It’s reported that he has already turned down two contract offers from the Hammers and wishes to be informed if any bids are made for him during the transfer window.
Rice still has three years remaining on his current contract, however, and it’s claimed that West Ham would want at least £100million to think about letting him leave the London Stadium.
The report states that United may look to lower that price by offering Lingard as part of a deal. The forward shone on loan at West Ham last season and manager David Moyes is keen to have him back for next season, though the Irons would prefer a stand-alone deal.
It’s added that United’s England representatives have been discussing life at the club with Rice during Euro 2020, but that Chelsea and Manchester City are also interested.
Meanwhile, United are still being linked with Wolves star Ruben Neves as a potential alternative to Rice.
Eurosport report that the Portuguese sits towards the top of United’s list of potential reinforcements and that talks over a move to Old Trafford have already begun.
It is also suggested Arsenal are keen on a move with the Gunners reportedly weighing up a £35m bid.