Could Seamus Coleman tempt Declan Rice to Everton if West Ham go down?

Everton's Scottish manager David Moyes (R) looks towards West Ham United's English manager Sam Allardyce (L) during the English Premier League football match between West Ham United and...

West Ham United are fighting for their Premier League lives while Everton have little but pride to play for this season.

Everton's Scottish manager David Moyes (R) looks towards West Ham United's English manager Sam Allardyce (L) during the English Premier League football match between West Ham United and...

West Ham are just one place off the relegation zone while Everton are sitting in ninth on the much-touted magic number of 40 points.

The Hammers and Toffees have both endured topsy turvy seasons with Slaven Bilic and Ronald Koeman both axed and replaced by Premier League stalwarts David Moyes and Sam Allardyce respectively.

Relegation would be disastrous for West Ham, but should they manage to stay up the major positive from a disappointing campaign will undoubtedly be the emergence of youngster Declan Rice.

West Ham defender Declan Rice reacts during the Carabao Cup Fourth Round match between Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United at Wembley Stadium on October 25, 2017 in London, England.

Teenager Rice has impressed in the Hammers first team a number of times throughout the season and had widespread praise ringing in his ears after a man of the match performance on his debut for the Republic of Ireland senior team against Turkey last week.

Rice's performance was so impressive, Irish legends have called for Martin O'Neill to build the team around him.

And West Ham will be hoping they too get the chance to do that at club level by staying in the top flight.

But if they drop Ireland captain and Everton star Seamus Coleman could well tempt the youngster to Goodison Park after waxing lyrical about him on RTE.

"We’re disappointed to have lost but I thought Declan was brilliant," Coleman told RTE.

Seamus Coleman of Everton during the Premier League match between Everton and Hull City at Goodison Park on March 18, 2017 in Liverpool, England.

"He wasn’t just brilliant today, he’s been brilliant all week in training. He’s a great lad, desperate to do well and a few of us could have taken a leaf out of his book today."

High praise indeed from a seasoned Premier League and international player.

West Ham can't get those crucial couple of wins on the board quick enough.

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