Manchester United are lining up a bid of in excess of £90 million for West Ham United midfielder this coming January, according to reports.
The Daily Express claims that United are mulling over a bid as they look to bolster their midfield.
United were said to be interested in 20-year-old Rice in the summer, but didn’t make a bid. West Ham’s bosses had also been clear they wouldn’t sell.
However, United may well firm up their interest when the transfer window reopens as they look for a long-term defensive midfielder. Given the current transfer market, it has been speculated that it could take a bid of £90 million for West Ham to part with one of their most prized assets.
Rice has risen to prominence in the last 18 months, establishing himself in the Hammers side with a series of impressive performances before breaking into Gareth Southgate’s England squad.
The player himself has said he is happy at the London Stadium, but whether concrete interest from a club playing European football would turn his head remains to be seen.
The lunchtime kick-off in the Premier League sees champions Manchester City travel to the London Stadium to take on West Ham United.
City are looking to get their title defence off to a perfect start, having seen rivals Liverpool cruise to a 4-1 win over Norwich City last night. Meanwhile the Hammers have invested heavily over the summer and will be gunning for a good start.
The match kicks off at 12.30pm and it is live on BT Sport. Here are the factz you need to know:
* Manchester City have won all four of their previous visits to the London Stadium, with an aggregate score of 17-1.
* However, the London Stadium is something of a fortress for West Ham this year; they’ve lost just once in 9 PL games in 2019, winning 5.
* But the Hammers haven’t kept a clean sheet against City in 16 matches in all competitions.
* City have won all of their previous 14 PL matches.
* In that run, of 7 away matches, City have conceded just twice.
There are just two Premier League fixtures kicking off at 3pm today. However, they are anything but meaningless – points mean prizes in the Premier League and each club will want to finish as high as possible in the league to gain more prize money.
Here are the factz you need to know:
West Ham United v Southampton
* This is the 100th league meeting between the sides.
* West Ham won last time out, ending a 4- game run without a win.
* In their last 6 matches, Saints have won 2, drawn 2 and lost 2.
* West Ham have kept just 6 clean sheets all season; only relegated Fulham and Huddersfield have kept fewer. They have also failed to score in 14 league matches – only Huddersfield and Cardiff have drawn more blanks.
* Shane Long is in form with 4 goals in his last 5 matches – more than he scored in his previous 60 appearances.
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Fulham
* Wolves haven’t lost to Fulham since 1985 – a run of 14 matches in league and cup competitions.
* Molineux is a fortress for Wolves – they are unbeaten in 7 matches on home turf, with 5 wins.
* Since relegation, Fulham have won 3 out of 3 matches – winning as many points as they did in their previous 20 matches.
* In that run, Fulham have kept 3 clean sheets – more than they had done in their previous 33 PL matches.
* If Wolves win, it will move them onto 57 points – the most by a promoted club since Ipswich scored 66 in 2000/01.
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