Odds cut from 20/1 to 5/2 for Declan Rice to join Man City

Odds cut from 20/1 to 5/2 for Declan Rice to join Man City

Bookmakers have slashed the odds on Declan Rice joining Manchester City this month.

The West Ham United holding midfielder was 20/1 to join the current Premier League champions just weeks ago, but Paddy Power have now cut those down significantly to 5/2. On the flip side he has gone from being a 1/18 shot to stay with his current club beyond February 3rd to now being just 1/3.

The 20-year-old only signed a new contract with the Hammers which lasts until 2024 in December, but it is thought that City see him as a potential long term replacement for the ageing Fernandinho who turns 34 in May.

The Brazilian is a key cog for Pep Guardiola’s side, and was severely missed over the Christmas period when they lost two fixtures without him being in the side. With him getting older they could do with someone to initially back him up, especially given they are still in four competitions, before eventually taking over the role.

Rice appears to be a player identified as a strong candidate to do just that. He has been outstanding for Manuel Pellegrini’s West Ham this term, showing tenacity to win the ball back, excellent passing ability and has even managed to notch his first goal for the club.

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Guardiola has already spoken of his admiration of the player, saying after their 4-0 win over the Hammers earlier this season: “Declan Rice is an excellent young player and he will be a top English player for many years to come.”

The fact that Rice has committed himself to West Ham until 2024 will significantly increase his value and it will take a big fee to prize him away from the London Stadium. However, with City’s billionaire owners they won’t struggle to fund any deal. It does seem more likely that this will be a transfer for the summer though, with Guardiola already stating that he doubts the Citizens will be doing any business in the January window.

Whilst City’s odds have shortened to sign Rice, it appears that there isn’t much competition according to bookmakers. The second favourites to sign him are Manchester United who are way out at 16/1, with Chelsea third at 25/1. Other clubs in the betting are Tottenham Hotspur and Everton (33/1) and Liverpool and Arsenal (40/1).

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