Ally McCoist reacts to reports Arsenal think they could sign Declan Rice
Ally McCoist has told talkSPORT (broadcast on 17/1; 6:36) that Declan Rice would be an amazing signing for Arsenal amid reports that the West Ham United star is their top target for the summer transfer window.
The Gunners are certainly being considered serious title contenders in the Premier League. Mikel Arteta’s men now sit eight points clear at the top of the table. And with that, it appears that they are ready to shop in a different market this summer.
In fact, they have already identified their top target. The Times reported on Monday that Arsenal have put Rice at the very top of their wishlist. And they believe that they can win the race for the 24-year-old amid rival interest from Chelsea and Manchester United.
McCoist backs Arsenal move for Declan Rice
West Ham look likely to sell him in the summer. But he will cost around £80 million.
That would see Rice become Arsenal’s record signing if he made the switch to the Emirates. But McCoist clearly believes that he would be an inspired addition after hearing about the reports.
“What a signing he would be for Arsenal. What a signing he’d be for anybody,” he told talkSPORT.
“I’ve got to say, there’s good noises coming out of Arsenal, isn’t there. Not just on the pitch. Obviously, they’re looking to strengthen. And it’s in the right areas.
“Declan Rice, what a statement that would be.”
Signing Rice would be a real signal of intent from Arsenal. Before this season, their supporters could have hardly dreamed of being in the mix to sign Rice, let alone lead the race for his signature.
It could be another game-changing addition for Arteta’s side. Their midfield has been a revelation this season. But the likes of Thomas Partey and Granit Xhaka are at their peaks.
Arsenal are not waiting around for it to become blindingly obvious that they will need replacing at some stage. They are being proactive. And they are going after one of the best midfielders in the Premier League.
He is a potential future England captain. And it is probably fair to say that he could prove to be a bargain, even at £80 million.
So McCoist’s comments may well echo how a lot of supporters feel about the links.