Manchester United enter race for highly rated West Ham youngster Declan Rice

Manchester United enter race for highly rated West Ham youngster Declan Rice

Paul Pogba has reportedly told friends he is willing to quit Manchester United and return to Juventus.

United have a negative goal difference of (-1) at this stage of the season for the first time since 1977, with 21 league goals conceded already and a fight on their hands to secure a top-four finish, but Seedorf believes the club is still in the middle of a transitional period.

The Hammers beat Everton away and Man United at home with Rice playing a big role in both victories.

Mourinho stripped Pogba of the vice-captaincy earlier this year over concerns of his commitment to the club.

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The London-born player's meteoric rise means that he is still earning a paltry £3,000-a-week at West Ham, and club bosses are fearful that he could leave for nothing when his contract expires in 2020.

Jose Mourinho wanted to sign a central defender in the summer, as per the report, but no deal was done for Toby Alderweireld or Harry Maguire.

The Red Devils are eighth in the Premier League and 12 points behind arch-rivals Manchester City in the table after a disastrous start to the 2018-19 campaign.

The west Londoners are prepared to offer Rice a deal worth £40,000-a-week as Maurizio Sarri targets a strengthening of his engine room.

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This story could gather pace in the coming weeks as the winter transfer window draws ever closer, with a huge bidding war for Rice looking like a distinct possibility.

The versatility and potential of Rice, who has been at the centre of an global tug-of-war between England and The Republic of Ireland, has attracted Jose Mourinho and club officials are believed to have made their interest known.

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