Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær reportedly sent a personal scout to watch West Ham midfielder Declan Rice in the Hammers’ fixture against Sheffield United.
Rice, who has been linked with a move to Old Trafford before, almost helped David Moyes’ side earn a point with a late assist, however, VAR was on-hand to rule the equaliser out for handball.
According to the Daily Mail, Simon Wells, a highly valued scout in the eyes of Solskjær, was deployed to watch the Three Lions midfielder amidst United’s midfield worries, with injuries to Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay leaving the club short and Nemanja Matić seeking a move away from Manchester.
It’s understood Rice is a summer target rather than the club making a move during the January transfer window and given the 20-year-old’s deal at the London Stadium runs until 2024, his importance to Moyes’ side and his role in the England set-up under Gareth Southgate, West Ham are in a reasonable position to demand a high fee for their man.
The Red Devils have however been in talks with Sporting over Portugal midfielder Bruno Fernandes, who was also linked last summer. The reports initially originated from Portuguese outlets, but the BBC’s Simon Stone has since confirmed talks are ongoing, though no agreement has been reached. Earlier on Monday, Sky Sports also reported that the 25-year-old has told Sporting he wishes to move to Old Trafford, with negotiations continuing this week.
Solskjær’s side take on Wolves on Wednesday night in the FA Cup before a trip to Anfield on Sunday with the hope of ending their unbeaten run in the Premier League so far whilst also staking a claim for a Champions League qualification spot. United currently sit in fifth, five points behind Chelsea, in the race for top four, whilst Leicester, Manchester City and Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool make up the rest of the prestigious positions.
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