Tottenham may be on red alert after West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini confessed that should the right offer arrive, the Hammers may consider cashing in on recent England debutant Declan Rice.
“In that case, as always, it is just a matter of price. There are big teams who decide to pay an important amount of money: sure, if it is a good deal for the club and the player and improves his career then we can do it,” Pellegrini told the press, as captured by Sky Sports.
In January, the Daily Express suggested that Spurs could be planning a £35 million bid to test the club’s resolve, though his value is likely to have soared even higher in the past two months.
His fine form has been accompanied by his first two appearances for England, having switched his national allegiance from Ireland, and he would surely be an ideal recruit for Mauricio Pochettino.
With Mousa Dembele having departed earlier on this season, Pochettino may feel that there is a gap in his squad and the club are always on the look-out for highly rated, young, homegrown talents like Rice.
West Ham are likely to demand an astronomical sum, but given Tottenham’s lack of transfer business in the past 12 months, it may be the kind of deal that they have been waiting to break the bank for.