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Manchester United Reportedly Scouted West Ham's Declan Rice vs. Manchester City

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistNovember 26, 2018

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 24:  Sergio Aguero of Manchester City runs with the ball past Declan Rice of West Ham United during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Manchester City at London Stadium on November 24, 2018 in London, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
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Manchester United reportedly scouted West Ham United youngster Declan Rice in the Hammers' 4-0 defeat to Manchester City on Saturday.

According to Metro's Chris Davie, United are interested in the 19-year-old and having kept an eye on his progress throughout the season, they had him scouted in person for the first time on Saturday.

Chelsea are also said to be interested in the youngster, whose contract at the London Stadium expires at the end of next season.

The Blues are said to be prepared to double West Ham's offer of a new £20,000-per-week contract, which Rice has turned down.

Bleacher Report's Dean Jones recently urged West Ham to tie him down:

Dean Jones @DeanJonesBR

No breakthrough on Declan Rice contract at West Ham is crazy. He wants to stay but needs to be shown he is valued. This is a player they should be embracing. A future captain. Some very big clubs now circling

Rice broke into the Irons first team last season and quickly established himself as a regular in the side, often featuring as a centre-back.

He occasionally spent time in a holding role in front of the defence, and he has been used in that manner throughout this campaign by manager Manuel Pellegrini.

Despite his side being on the receiving end of a 4-0 thrashing on Saturday, City boss Pep Guardiola was impressed with Rice, per Football.London's Sam Inkersole:

Sam Inkersole @Sam_InkersoleTM

Pep: "Declan Rice is an excellent young player and he will be a top player in English football for many years." #WHUFC

The midfielder plays with a composure and maturity that belies his youth, and he has become a vital presence for the Hammers in the centre of the park.

Scouted Football praised him and shared his numbers after he put in an excellent performance in a 1-1 draw with Leicester City in October:

Scouted Football @ScoutedFtbl

⚒️ Declan Rice vs Leicester City: 46 touches 23/30 passes 6 ball recoveries 4/4 tackles 4 interceptions 1/2 long balls 1/1 aerial duel 1 key pass Man of the Match. https://t.co/PZAWL5cbas

It's little wonder his form has caught the eye of clubs such as United and Chelsea.

While on Saturday he found himself overshadowed by the Sky Blues as David Silva, Ilkay Gundogan and Fernandinho ran things from midfield, the Red Devils may still have been impressed with his showing in a difficult game.

They'll likely be hoping to capitalise on West Ham's failure to secure his long-term future, so the Irons will need to do their utmost to keep him at the club or they'll lose a valuable asset.