It is claimed that manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has agreed with newly-appointed director duo John Murtough and Darren Fletcher, that Rice would present a perfect solution should the club lose Nemanja Matic at the end of the season.
Rice has been linked with a move away from the London Stadium for some time, with the Old Trafford club recently replacing Chelsea ss the most talked-about destination.
However, there has been no desire to sell the 22-year-old from the Hammers hierarchy, with the England man more often than not captaining David Moyes’ side this season.
The report goes on to discuss potential fees and offers, with £80m plus mooted as well as an offer of up to three players as part exchange – including current Irons loanee Jesse Lingard.
Rice rumours aren’t likely to subside anytime soon, with the star going from strength to strength all the time.
Whilst a bonus £80m or three high-quality players wouldn’t go amiss, selling Rice at this stage post would have a negative reflection as to where the Irons are.