Declan Rice could be a Red Devil over the summer with the West Ham star ‘rocketing’ to the top of Manchester United’s shopping list after his performance on Sunday evening

Erik ten Hag's side were not distracted by protests outside Old Trafford
Erik ten Hag is hoping to land Declan Rice this summer (Image: GETTY)

Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag is looking to land Declan Rice in the summer – with the Englishman reportedly ‘rocketing’ to the top of his targets.

Rice was at his very best over the weekend as the Hammers shocked Ten Hag’s side at the London Stadium. And, according to The Sun, Rice’s performance has now meant Ten Hag is ready to go all out for him in the summer.

A source told The Sun: “Rice is fast emerging as United’s number one summer target. He completely ran the game and United’s coaching staff and scouts were all talking about him after the match.

“There’s a growing belief that Rice is interested in leaving at the end of the season and United believe they simply have to ensure he heads north and not to Arsenal or Chelsea. The club regard him as a player they could potentially build a team around.”

Rice’s contract at relegation-threatened West Ham is up next summer, and he has previously expressed his desire to represent a team in the Champions League.

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Speaking in December, Rice said: “I’ve been playing consistently well for my club and I feel like I really want to keep pushing. I see my friends here who are playing Champions League and for big trophies.”

Wout Weghorst of Manchester United tackles Declan Rice of West Ham during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Manchester United at London Stadium on May 7, 2023
Declan Rice dominated Manchester United over the weekend (Image: Offside via Getty Images)

However, the Red Devils might not be at Europe’s premier banquet next season as two defeats on the bounce have opened an unlikely door in the top four for Liverpool.

The Reds have had a torrid campaign – but all will be forgiven if Jurgen Klopp can guide them to the Champions League. Liverpool have won five on the spin, and they’re only one point behind United – however, the Red Devils do have one game in hand.