Date: 9th October 2019 at 10:47am
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Premier League heavyweights have made signing West Ham United midfielder a priority whether they sack manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer or not, according to Goal.

The outlet claims that the Red Devils are gearing up to make a run at Rice and centre back Kalidou Koulibaly ahead of next season.

And they will do so regardless of Solskjaer’s future. The Norwegian is under pressure at Old Trafford after a sub par start to the campaign, which included a 2-0 defeat at .

United are already mulling January moves for Juventus and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Christian Eriksen, with Rice and Koulibaly potentially to follow in the summer.

OPINION

It would be a travesty for West Ham to lose Rice so soon into what is sure to be a phenomenal career. He’s only really been a regular first team player for a little over a year, and so it would be a huge shame to see him shipped off already. It would be especially painful to see him transfer to a club in absolute disarray like the Red Devils. However, if they come in and offer £80-£100million, it’s going to be very difficult for the Hammers to say no. That’s just the way of the world. It’s clear that United have made Rice a priority and will move for him no matter who is in charge. That’s a big problem for Manuel Pellegrini, because it’s going to be hugely difficult to replace the England international. The statistics tell us as much. As per WhoScored.com, the 20-year-old is currently averaging 3.8 tackles and 2.3 interceptions per game. He’s also averaging 46.6 passes per game with a terrific 89.5% of them finding their intended target. So it would be the last thing the club need to have to sell their finest young talent.