West Ham fans slam Rio Ferdinand for Declan Rice comments amid takeover link

Rio Ferdinand has been slammed by West Ham fans for his comments on Declan Rice’s future amid links of a Hammers takeover.

The Manchester United legend has a current connection to the club he started his footballing career with in east London nearly 20 years ago.

PAI Capital have been working on an approach to David Sullivan and David Gold over the Premier League side, tabling a £400m informal approach last February.

During a Q&A session sent to football.London, business frontman Nasib Piriyev said that Ferdinand was ‘working with’ the organisation.

But this was not on the former defender’s mind when he was speaking about United’s recruitment policy, pointing out Hammers captain Declan Rice as a target this summer.

Speaking on his YouTube channel Rio Ferdinand Presents FIVE, the former Hammers player said: "I think if the right player becomes available for the right price, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will go and get him.

"The problem is who is out there and who could be a good fit?

“Saul Niguez would be a perfect fit and his asking price was £160m a couple of years ago, now it's more like £40-50m.

"In today's game, that's a decent price for someone like him who has Champions League experience. I'm a big fan of his. If you can get him in this window, I think you do it.

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"I think Declan Rice would be a massive addition to this squad. I'm a massive fan of his. I would love to see him keep progressing.

"He was brilliant for England in the summer. I think if West Ham keep him, they've done unbelievably well. I think he does well staying at West Ham or if he goes."

With Ferdinand calling for the exit of West Ham’s best player at the same time as holding a connection to their potential bidders, supporters were left fuming.

“Rio Ferdinand CONTINUING to say Declan Rice should join Manchester United despite being part of PAI. So so wrong,” one said.

Another commented: “Not sure how you can say stuff like this but be part of take over.”

While a third sent a direct message to the 42-year-old, with: “Do you think that’s an unusual stance to take, considering if PAI take over West Ham. If that happens, what will your stance be then?

“Because you would effectively be employed by West Ham.”

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