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West Ham want to build their future around Declan Rice as they eye regular Champions League football.
England star Rice is maturing into one of the Premier League’s most complete players — and the Hammers are not even entertaining the idea of letting him leave the club.
Instead they believe they can become a real force in the top flight by making the 22-year-old the key part of their plans going forward.
SunSport understands he is seen as a symbol of what the club stands for — and with investment from a Czech billionaire in the pipeline the Hammers are setting their sights high.
Meanwhile, Aston Villa will consider Denmark coach Kasper Hjulmand as they search for a successor to Dean Smith.
Chief executive Christian Purslow says the club have opted to make a change during the next international break after ‘not seeing the continuous improvement in results, performances and league position’ on last season.
Hjulmand helped galvanise Denmark to a Euro 2020 semi-final against England after Christian Eriksen’s cardiac arrest in the group stage, and he is expected to be considered alongside a number of others.
And SunSport understand Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s reign at Manchester United is hanging by a thread.
The question now is when not if he will be sacked by the club.
Solskjaer took advantage of the international break to fly back to Norway with his family and get away from the flak.
The mood at Old Trafford has turned to one of resignation among players and staff that he is on his way.