Transfer: Man City to submit first bid for Rice today

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Manchester City are now expected to bid for West Ham United’s Declan Rice today.

Gianluca Di Marzio’s reports that David Ornstein claims City entered the race for Rice. They will look to beat Arsenal to signing the West Ham captain.

And former Crystal Palace owner Simon Jordan said yesterday that Man City’s Kalvin Phillips could be used as a makeweight. This would greatly benefit West Ham.

Responding to Phillips’ comments that he wants to stay at City this season, Jordan said: “What Kalvin Phillips says and what Pep Guardiola tells him might be two different things,” Simon Jordan said.

“If he says he wants to stay at Man City and Guardiola says, ‘That’s very commendable, son, but you ain’t playing,’ then his attitude will have to change.

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“There are a variety of ways this deal can be done because West Ham will have a need; they’re going to have to replace this player, and Phillips could be the makeweight.

“Suddenly you’re making the deal happen that way, with £75 million in cash plus Kalvin Phillips.”

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