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England's Tyrone Mings celebrates scoring their third goal against Ivory Coast at Wembley with Declan Rice. Photo: Action Images via Reuters/Carl Recine

England's Tyrone Mings celebrates scoring their third goal against Ivory Coast at Wembley with Declan Rice. Photo: Action Images via Reuters/Carl Recine

England's Tyrone Mings celebrates scoring their third goal against Ivory Coast at Wembley with Declan Rice. Photo: Action Images via Reuters/Carl Recine

David Moyes says it will take more than a crazy offer for West Ham to sell Declan Rice this summer, as he warned they were ready to copy Tottenham by resisting offers for their star player.

Tottenham refused to back down when Manchester City tried to buy Harry Kane last summer and Moyes vowed that West Ham would take a similarly unyielding approach when it came to Rice, who has developed into one of the Premier League’s most admired players.

West Ham put a £100 m tag on Rice towards the end of last season, which effectively priced the midfielder out of a move in the summer transfer window, but his superb performances this season have prompted the club to further raise their valuation of the 23-year-old.

Moyes is well aware that such a valuation, which would smash the British transfer record set when Jack Grealish moved to City for £100m, will limit the potential destinations for Rice if he is to leave this summer.

“The first thing to say is that he is not for sale,” Moyes said. “If you are interested, well, it will be north of that (£150m) because £100m was cheap last summer – £150million just now would be the minimum, but he is not for sale. What I do know is that it means there are only certain clubs that could even consider it.”

West Ham are ready to use Tottenham as inspiration when the inevitable interest in Rice materialises. Pep Guardiola said this year that City made four attempts to sign Kane from Tottenham, each of which was turned down.

“I look at what Tottenham did with Harry Kane,” Moyes said. “They said: ‘No, there is a price and if someone wants to pay the price, then we would probably do it. If they don’t, then he is not going anywhere.’ That is it, they have kept him.”

Rice will have two years remaining on his contract this summer, although West Ham have the option of extending his deal by a year. The power, therefore, remains with the club as they prepare for potential offers from Manchester United, City and Chelsea, depending on the latter’s ownership situation.

“The clubs are the people in charge of them, they have got the contracts,” Moyes said. “There will be times when players have got the power but at the moment we have got Declan on the best part of a 3½-year contract. Just like Tottenham have got Harry Kane on a contract and they control what happens.”

Rice impressed again on international duty last week and Moyes believes he has been the best English player in the Premier League this season. Rice is now regarded as one of the first names on Gareth Southgate’s teamsheet and, unlike many of his international team-mates, he did not experience a dip in form after last summer’s European Championship.

“It is great credit to Declan,” Moyes said. “Maybe this time last year, going into the Euros, Declan was just beginning to get himself nailed down (in the England team), but even that might have been in question.

Moyes faces Everton, his former club, tomorrow in a match that West Ham must win if they are to remain in contention for a top-four finish.

“We’ve got some games coming up that are going to take a lot of emotion but it is what we’ve been longing for,” Moyes said.

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