West Ham have reportedly slapped a £200million valuation on Declan Rice to ward off interest from Manchester United.
Rice, 22, is understood to be one of United's top transfer targets as they attempt to strengthen their defensive-midfield options.
The former Chelsea academy star has gone from strength to strength over the last few seasons, establishing himself as one of the Premier League's most consistent players and becoming a mainstay in Gareth Southgate's England side.
Naturally, his impressive form has seen him draw admiring glances from the top-flight's elite, with both Chelsea and United keen on securing his services.
West Ham have held firm for now, but if they fail to make it into the Champions League come the end of the season, a huge bid from one of the game's elite could test their resolve.
David Moyes suggested earlier this season that it would take an offer of over £100million for the Hammers to consider selling Rice, but others think his valuation is now close to £200million.
Speaking on talkSPORT, former Deadline Day guru Jim White revealed it was made clear to him that the east Londoners would not let go of the midfielder for a fee less than what PSG paid for Neymar.
He said as cited by Sports Central: "News coming out of West Ham United this morning is that ‘there isn’t a figure on this earth that West Ham would agree to to sell Declan Rice in this window. "There is interest, there is always interest, there are no bids. Let me just tell you this morning, it was made clear to me they wouldn’t sell Declan Rice in this window. "Not for £120m, not for £150m. It’s my understanding, Simon [Jordan], I’m being serious, it would need to start with a two.
He added: "You’re talking north of £200m, and the feeling from within West Ham United at this stage in the proceedings, is that it’s so ridiculous it is not going to happen."
Moyes suggested in October that any team looking to sign Rice would have to shell out a record fee for a British player.
He said: "There was a bargain to be got with Declan at £100million, that bargain is now gone. "We’ve a lot of really good players at this football club. "While you’re building and developing, people might always come and look at your players.
Rice has continued to perform impressively in 2022 and played the full 90 minutes as the Hammers returned to the top four with a 2-0 win over Norwich on Tuesday night.