The former Manchester City striker has been impressed with Rice since his West Ham United breakthrough.
Niall Quinn has denied he will be heading a consortium looking to buy Sunderland from Ellis Short.
Niall Quinn says he will not be fronting a consortium planning a takeover at Sunderland.
Sunderland legend Niall Quinn has been linked with a move to rescue his struggling former club.
There is a suggestion that the former player, manager, chairman and owner could return to Sunderland, and that could only be a good move.
Niall Quinn could be gearing up for a shock return to Sunderland.
Newcastle have been linked with a whole host of strikers this month.
Niall Quinn's commentary for the Sunderland v Manchester United game was less than popular among some Reds fans.
Niall Quinn has predicted that Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City and Liverpool will finish in the Premier League's top four.
Everton were torn apart by the Blues at the weekend.