Rio Ferdinand risks West Ham fans wrath with latest Declan Rice comments despite PAI Capital links

Rio Ferdinand has once again suggested Manchester United should make a transfer move for Hammers star Declan Rice.

The former West Ham and Manchester United defender said Rice would be a ‘massive addition’ to the Manchester United squad but added West Ham will have done ‘unbelievably well’ if they manage to keep hold of the England star this summer.

It is not the first time Ferdinand has linked Rice with a move to Old Trafford with the former England captain taking to social media in June to ‘welcome’ Rice to Manchester United.

Having spent the majority of his trophy-laden career at Manchester United it is no surprise Ferdinand has a soft spot for the club and wants to see them sign the best young talent around. However, his recent links with PAI Capital’s potential takeover bid for West Ham has left many fans questioning why he would want Rice to move on.

Ferdinand did caveat his response with his belief that should Rice remain at the London Stadium he would continue to do well and progress as a footballer.

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The 42-year-old was asked if Manchester United’s spending would continue this transfer window, with Ferdinand believing it will if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer deems the deal to be a good one for the club.

“I think if the right player becomes available for the right price, Ole [Gunnar Solskjaer] will go and get him, in that area,” Ferdinand said on his FIVE YouTube channel. “The problem is who is out there and who could be a good fit? Saul Niguez I think would be a perfect fit and his asking price was £160m a couple of years ago, now it’s more like £40-50m.

“In today’s game that’s a decent price for someone like him who has Champions League experience. I’m a big fan of his. If you can get him in this window, I think you do it.”

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Ferdinand then went onto mention Rice as another option to Saul should Solskjaer require a central midfielder.

“I think Declan Rice would be a massive addition to this squad. You even saw one of the goals, I think the second goal yesterday[Sunday], he stated that with a tackle, bang, and gets it to one of the others, and they set up for the goal or the penalty.

“Declan Rice I am a massive fan of. I would love to see him keep progressing the way that he is at the moment.

“He was brilliant for England in the summer. I think if West Ham keep him they’ve done unbelievably well to keep him for another season. I think he does well staying at West Ham, he does well going to another club he does well both ways.”

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Ferdinand’s comments on Rice come just 11 days after the former Hammer was quoted in a statement from PAI Capital over an agreement in principle with the London Legacy Development Corporation over the future of the London Stadium.

“We love this club with a passion, both Anton and I are really happy that PAI want to come in and help improve the experience for fans, and I’m delighted they have asked us to play a big part in the club if their bid succeeds,” Ferdinand said.

“Obviously we know what this club means to the community and how much the fans want to continue to see homegrown talent come through into the first team. It’ll be an honour to be able to give something back to a Club that means so much to me, Anton and our family.”

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