Moyes makes Rice, Soucek price tag claim amid transfer links

David Moyes says it would take a ‘Bank of England offer’ to tempt West Ham into selling either Declan Rice or Tomas Soucek.

The midfielders have formed a great partnership this campaign, helping the Hammers to fight for a Champions League place.

Rice looks set to become West Ham captain in the near future while Soucek is a goalscoring threat going forwards.

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Their performances this season have led to interest from some top clubs.

Chelsea have been admirers of Rice for a while, ever since Frank Lampard was at the helm.

Manchester United and Liverpool have also been linked with the talented 22-year-old.

Soucek, meanwhile, has attracted interest from German giants Bayern Munich.

Speaking about the midfield duo, Moyes said (via Daily Mail): “Any club can make offers for players but we’ve not had any big offers.

“I hope we don’t get any but if we do, like any other club, we would consider them.

“I don’t know where the Bank of England is for Tomas Soucek but I’ve said with Declan, it would take the Bank of England and the Royal Bank of Scotland to get him. It will have to be the Bank of Czech as well for Tomas!”

Moyes seemed to back up his previous claims that it would take an offer of ‘way more than £100million’ for Chelsea to prize Rice away from West Ham.

It’s also been suggested that the London side would need Champions League football to keep their top players.

But Moyes disagrees with that sentiment. He added: “When we signed Soucek, we brought him in to help us avoid relegation. Rice was playing in that relegation team and Jesse [Lingard] has come to help us, to get some games.

“To turn around and say we would need to be in the Champions League to keep them, I think all those players would be saying a massive thank you to West Ham for helping them get their careers back on track and for putting them in the right direction.

“I hope we can make the Champions League but if we don’t, I don’t see that has to be the reason that we can keep them.

“The biggest thing any footballer wants to see is the club make progress and individually they are making progress.”

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West Hame host Wolves in the Premier League tonight at 20:15.

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