Report: Manchester United return with approach for Declan Rice despite being told West Ham midfielder isn't for sale

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Manchester United are reportedly keen to sign another West Ham United player.

Declan Rice of West Ham United acknowledges the West Ham fans after the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on April 27, 2019 in...

Manchester United have returned with an enquiry for Declan Rice, despite being told the West Ham United midfielder was not for sale, according to The Sun.

The newspaper claims Manchester United showed interest in Rice last season, and remain keen to sign him as part of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's summer rebuilding job.

 

It also states that West Ham are desperate to keep hold of the newly-capped England international, but adds that an offer of around £80 million could tempt the Hammers into business.

Manchester United lost Ander Herrera to Paris Sain-Germain at the end of his contract and Rice could prove an effective replacement for the Spaniard.

But the Red Devils may yet face competition from their local rivals, Manchester City, who are likely to enter the bidding, according to The Sun.

Ander Herrera of Manchester United celebrates after the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United at Wembley Stadium on January 13, 2019 in London, United...

It is suggested that City are seeking a long-term replacement for Fernandinho.

And the chance to join the Premier League winners, who unlike Manchester United will play Champions League football again next season, could be hard for Rice to ignore.

Manchester United are also said to have bid for Rice's West Ham teammate, the defender Issa Diop.

Issa Diop of West Ham lines up with teammate Declan Rice of West Ham during the Premier League match between Everton and West Ham United at Goodison Park on September 16, 2018 in Liverpool,...

For how much should West Ham consider selling Rice, if at all?

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