AFC Bournemouth’s apparent hunt to strengthen their defensive options ahead of the 2018/19 Premier League campaign are continuing, according to the national media at least.
The Cherries have been previously linked with a number of players who can fill different roles in a defence, including a reported had a £10million bid for Brentford defender Chris Mepham.
The latest link comes via The Sun, who claim that 19-year-old Declan Rice is unsettled at West Ham United.
The Republic of Ireland international made 35 appearances for club and country last season, including 26 Premier League games totalling 1,424 minutes.
West Ham United have recently announced former Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini, as their new manager and have also signed France Under-21s defender Issa Diop for a reported fee of in-excess of £20million.
The report claims that this will see Rice drop down the pecking order at the London Stadium, with AFC Bournemouth and Crystal Palace keeping a watchful eye over the situation.
Earlier this month the Daily Mail reported that Rice had rejected a new contract offer from West Ham, they claimed…
“His existing deal until 2020 is worth just £3,000 per week. Sportsmail understands the new offer has come in at around £8,000 per week”.
If Declan rice turns down what he sees as an unacceptable new contract offer from West Ham and sees his playing time limited with the new signings they’re making in his position, then he’s likely to want to move or consider offers from other clubs – Join the conversation, click here.