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Manchester United interested in West Ham star

Manchester United are set to explore the possibilities behind signing West Ham midfielder Declan Rice this summer, according to The Athletic.

The hierarchy at Old Trafford are considering whether to use Lingard as a makeweight in their attempts to sign Rice. They also believe that the signing of Rice would be ideal timing to replace current holding midfielder Nemanja Matic, who turns 33 in August.

Old Trafford boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a keen interest in Rice, having seen him produce a standout display against United in a 1-1 draw late last season. Rice dominated the midfield that day, with four interceptions, two clearances and he won five out of six duels.

However, this would be far from an easy transfer to complete. David Moyes has repeatedly reaffirmed the clear intention of West Ham to hold onto Rice, and he has a valuation of over £100 million making it very difficult for anyone to afford him.

However, that price could become a whole lot more affordable should Lingard be successfully included in the deal.

A huge impression

Lingard joined West Ham in January on a six-month loan deal from United and has made a huge impression on West Ham boss David Moyes and the rest of the team.

Since Lingard joined West Ham, no other player in the league has acquired more goals and assists (six goals and two assists in eight games).

United wisely did not include an option in the loan contract for West Ham to purchase Lingard, and that could potentially make a deal for Rice far more realistic.

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# Team MP W D L P
1 Chelsea 12 9 2 1 29
2 Manchester City 12 8 2 2 26
3 Liverpool 12 7 4 1 25
4 West Ham United 12 7 2 3 23
5 Arsenal 12 6 2 4 20
6 Wolverhampton Wanderers 12 6 1 5 19
7 Tottenham Hotspur 12 6 1 5 19
8 Manchester United 12 5 2 5 17
9 Brighton & Hov… 12 4 5 3 17
10 Crystal Palace 12 3 7 2 16
11 Everton 12 4 3 5 15
12 Leicester City 12 4 3 5 15
13 Southampton 12 3 5 4 14
14 Brentford 12 3 4 5 13
15 Aston Villa 12 4 1 7 13
16 Watford 12 4 1 7 13
17 Leeds United 12 2 5 5 11
18 Burnley 12 1 6 5 9
19 Norwich City 12 2 2 8 8
20 Newcastle United 12 0 6 6 6

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