West Ham target Chelsea and Manchester city stars as Declan Rice replacement
West Ham United are prepared for the exit of Declan Rice by ratcheting up their interest in Chelsea ace Conor Gallagher and Manchester City midfielder Kalvin Phillips.
Rice, 24, is poised to be sold at the conclusion of the season after turning down two offers from the Hammers to extend his contract.
Arsenal are the frontrunners for Rice, however Chelsea and Liverpool also have an interest.
The England midfielder may earn as much as £100m on the free market but such is his value to West Ham, the club will have to reinvest that money over two players to replace him, according to the Evening Standard.
Gallagher was a target for West Ham last summer, when there was hope that Chelsea would listen to offers for the midfielder following his successful loan spell at Crystal Palace.
He remained at Stamford Bridge but playing time has been restricted and he’s even lower down the pecking order now with the acquisition of Enzo Fernandez.
Phillips joined City from Leeds United last summer in a £55m move but the midfielder has made only five Premier League appearances for Pep Guardiola’s side owing to injury.
City will contemplate cutting their losses on Phillips, although a loan deal cannot be ruled out.
David Moyes is under significant pressure at the London Stadium but he’s been granted a vote of confidence by the board.
The Scot is set to quit the club at the conclusion of the season.