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West Ham manager David Moyes makes major admission over Arsenal and Man Utd transfer target Declan Rice

Declan Rice appears certain to leave West Ham this summer (Picture: Getty)

West Ham United are hopeful of keeping midfielder Declan Rice but there is ‘a good chance’ he could leave the Premier League side at the end of the season, manager David Moyes said amid reports linking the England international with top sides.

Skipper Rice, 24, whose contract expires at the end of the campaign, has long been on the radar of the Premier League’s big sides. Speculation has intensified in recent months about a big-money move to Arsenal, Chelsea or Manchester United.

‘We honestly hope Dec stays, that’s the biggest thing. We would love for him to be a West Ham player, but we’re aware that might not be the case at the end of the season,’ Moyes told reporters ahead of Sunday’s league trip to Brentford.

‘So that’s one of the scenarios around planning. There are plans that we have Dec here but we’re also fully aware there is a good chance we won’t have him.’

West Ham are 15th in the standings with 37 points and are aiming to reach a first European final since 1976 after beating Dutch side AZ Alkmaar in the opening leg of their Conference League semi-final.

Moyes said the club, who beat United 1-0 last weekend, are fully focused on staying in the top-flight and that planning for next season had been put on the back-burner.

‘A lot of it will only start to go into place once we’ve realised we have kept our Premier League place,’ Moyes said.

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‘We’re watching a lot of players, a lot of games, doing a lot of scouting, but the truth is the focus has been on staying in the Premier League.’

Arsenal, meanwhile, are understood to be Rice’s preferred destination given their improvement under Mikel Arteta and the presence of several of his England teammates in the squad.

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The Gunners are said to be wary of being drawn into a bidding war, however, and fear being priced out of the market as they were in January when Chelsea hijacked their bid for Mykhailo Mudryk.

Asked on Friday whether Arsenal were capable of paying £100million for any player, Arteta said: ‘The conversation now has to be Brighton and the games that we have. We are playing to win the title.

‘We want to be fully focused on that and all those [other] things are distractions and we don’t want to be anywhere near that.’

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Declan Rice appears certain to leave West Ham this summer (Picture: Getty)

West Ham United are hopeful of keeping midfielder Declan Rice but there is ‘a good chance’ he could leave the Premier League side at the end of the season, manager David Moyes said amid reports linking the England international with top sides.

Skipper Rice, 24, whose contract expires at the end of the campaign, has long been on the radar of the Premier League’s big sides. Speculation has intensified in recent months about a big-money move to Arsenal, Chelsea or Manchester United.

‘We honestly hope Dec stays, that’s the biggest thing. We would love for him to be a West Ham player, but we’re aware that might not be the case at the end of the season,’ Moyes told reporters ahead of Sunday’s league trip to Brentford.

‘So that’s one of the scenarios around planning. There are plans that we have Dec here but we’re also fully aware there is a good chance we won’t have him.’

West Ham are 15th in the standings with 37 points and are aiming to reach a first European final since 1976 after beating Dutch side AZ Alkmaar in the opening leg of their Conference League semi-final.

Moyes said the club, who beat United 1-0 last weekend, are fully focused on staying in the top-flight and that planning for next season had been put on the back-burner.

‘A lot of it will only start to go into place once we’ve realised we have kept our Premier League place,’ Moyes said.

To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web
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supports HTML5
video

‘We’re watching a lot of players, a lot of games, doing a lot of scouting, but the truth is the focus has been on staying in the Premier League.’

Arsenal, meanwhile, are understood to be Rice’s preferred destination given their improvement under Mikel Arteta and the presence of several of his England teammates in the squad.

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The Gunners are said to be wary of being drawn into a bidding war, however, and fear being priced out of the market as they were in January when Chelsea hijacked their bid for Mykhailo Mudryk.

Asked on Friday whether Arsenal were capable of paying £100million for any player, Arteta said: ‘The conversation now has to be Brighton and the games that we have. We are playing to win the title.

‘We want to be fully focused on that and all those [other] things are distractions and we don’t want to be anywhere near that.’

MORE : Arsenal looking at RB Leipzig defender to provide competition for Ben White

MORE : ‘Wow!’ – Brighton’s Levi Colwill blown away by Martin Odegaard in last meeting with Arsenal

For more stories like this, check our sport page.

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