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Report: Manchester City eye West Ham star Declan Rice

Manchester City could make a move to sign Declan Rice from West Ham should Fernandinho leave this summer, according to a report from The Times.

Fernandinho’s future at the Etihad Stadium remains uncertain. The Times notes that the 36-year-old is out of contract at the end of this season.

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However, the veteran is continuing to play at an incredibly high level. So it is little surprise that the Cityzens have put a 12-month extension on the table.

The Times reports that the Brazilian is undecided over whether he is going to stay. And with that in mind, they are considering potential replacements.

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The report suggests that Rice is on their radar. It is noted that both Chelsea and Manchester United also want the Irons midfielder.

Rice has taken his game to another level this season. He has been integral in taking David Moyes’s men right into the mix for a Champions League spot for next year.

West Ham fans have always seemed quite realistic about what Rice’s future holds. However, the Hammers’ progress surely gives them fresh hope of holding onto the England international for longer.

If West Ham can secure European football for next year, they may well feel optimistic about staving off interest from elsewhere.

But with Pep Guardiola potentially keen to land him as a replacement for Fernandinho, the Irons’ resolve to keep Rice could certainly be put to the test.

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