West Ham vice-captain Declan Rice has been on Manchester United’s radar for many seasons, while Jesse Lingard is a target for the Irons after he shone on loan last season
Manchester United are hoping to complete the signing of Declan Rice in a swap deal which would see Jesse Lingard move to West Ham, according to reports.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to strengthen his options in central midfield after landing priority targets Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane for a total fee in the region of £113million.
Irons vice-captain Rice, 22, has been on the Red Devils’ radar for many seasons and his stock has only risen, most-recently due to his brilliant performances for England at Euro 2020.
Lingard, meanwhile, is a target for West Ham after the playmaker shone on loan at the London Stadium during the second half of the 2020/21 campaign.
Solskjaer recently declared Lingard, 28, would be going nowhere, but a fresh report claims the Old Trafford hierarchy are exploring using him as a makeweight to sign Rice.
Speaking on the Talk of the Red Devils Podcast, United We Stand editor Andy Mitten said: “I know that Manchester United like Declan Rice.
“He impressed them last season and they felt that he slimmed down. West Ham want a lot of money for him. Even [former Hammers manager] Manuel Pellegrini suggested that Rice is one to play at a top top club.
“West Ham want Jesse Lingard. Manchester United want money and Declan Rice. The Sullivans [West Ham’s owners] are not adverse to do a bit of wheeling and dealing.
“A week ago, I was told that don’t bet against someone else coming in at the club. They clearly want someone else to come in but the finances might restrict that.”
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Fred began the season well with a goal in the 5-1 thrashing of Leeds United but conceded an own-goal against the Saints which irked his manager.
Discussing Southampton’s opener, Solskjaer said: “It might be a little bit lucky it deflected off Fred but he shouldn’t have dangled his leg, he should’ve blocked that shot. So we need better reactions when we don’t get decisions.
“I think it’s still early on in the season, fitness issues, we’re not 100 per cent fit.
“Then there’s a couple of tactical issues to correct, but most of it was tiredness and sloppiness.”
Manchester United may need to offer a sizeable sum as well as Lingard to prise Rice from east London, as West Ham are believed to value their player at over £100million.
The former Chelsea academy prospect is understood to be frustrated about his lofty price tag, which he believes could prevent him from joining one of the Premier League’s biggest clubs.