Manchester United have made Declan Rice their No.1 transfer target, but could face competition from Manchester City for the West Ham hero.
United have long been interested in a move for the 22-year-old midfielder and were understood to be keen on a deal in the summer window just gone.
West Ham slapped a price of £100million on the England international, and that quickly killed off any interest from Old Trafford and Chelsea, who have also been linked with the star.
The Red Devils did not want to lamp out another astronomical fee after spending £73million to sign long-term target Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund.
Raphael Varane also arrived for a chunky fee, while Cristiano Ronaldo signed a two-year deal worth £25million following his dramatic return from Juventus.
All of those moves meant a deal for Rice was put on the back burner, but now the Hammers midfielder is at the top of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's shopping list.
That's according to The Independent, whose report suggests people close to the London-born ace are hinting that a move to United is almost certain to happen next summer.
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City are also believed to be big fans of the former Chelsea youth-teamer, viewing him as a long-term successor to defensive midfield lynchpin and skipper Fernandinho.
Rice broke into the West Ham first-team at the start of the 2017-18 season and has not looked back since, making 150 appearances and being made vice-captain of the club.
His performances last season caught the eye of England manager Gareth Southgate, and Rice was an integral member of the side that reached the European Championship final.
He has continued his upward trajectory at the start of the current campaign, helping the Hammers to an unbeaten start to the season both at home and in Europe.
The defensive midfielder scored a magnificent solo goal as West Ham got their maiden Europa League group stage campaign off to a flying start with a 2-0 win over Dinamo Zagreb.
There's no doubting Rice is a man in demand, the only question is where will he be playing his football next season.
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