Declan Rice would be “a great addition” for Manchester United, says Alan Smith, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer urged to rival Chelsea in any transfer scramble for the West Ham midfielder.
A big-money move to Stamford Bridge continues to be mooted for an England international who once formed part of the academy system in west London.
No agreement has been reached, though, and the door remains open for others to steal in.
It has been suggested that United could join the chase for Rice’s signature, with the Red Devils weighing up their options when it comes to a holding role at Old Trafford.
Smith feels a talented 21-year-old would fit the bill, with the former United star telling American Gambler:
“I like Declan Rice as a player and I think he would be a great addition – and is a British-based player, which obviously helps.
“I think he’s one that is a bit more old school than a lot of defensive midfield players are now.”
Pressed on whether he would invest heavily on Rice over long-standing attacking target Jadon Sancho, Smith added:
“It all depends on how good Scott McTominay is going to be, as you don’t want to get someone like-for-like that is already coming through the system.
“He’s obviously someone that Ole holds in high regard, he sees him in training every day, and you wouldn’t want to block the pathway of a young lad coming through the United system.
“If he [Rice] is someone that can go in there and virtually guarantee you a league title then obviously you’d say yes, but have you’ve got someone in there that you’d be swapping like-for-like?
“Young players bring inconsistency. Young players get all the plaudits, but it’s the experienced players that keep everything going.”