Manchester United are believed to be exploring the possibility of offering in-form playmaker Jesse Lingard as part of a swap deal to land West Ham vice-captain Declan Rice

West Ham have reportedly issued a defiant response to Manchester United over a potential swap deal involving Jesse Lingard and Declan Rice.
The Red Devils are believed to have made Irons vice-captain Rice a priority target ahead of the summer transfer window as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks to bolster his options in holding midfield.
Meanwhile, Lingard could move the other way after his hugely impressive performances since joining West Ham on loan in January, the latest of which came against Leicester on Sunday.
The playmaker has forced his way back into the England squad and his value has skyrocketed to £30million, in the eyes of Old Trafford chiefs.
Manchester United are reportedly keen to pursue Rice by offering Lingard’s services to West Ham (Image: Jed Leicester/BPI/REX/Shutterstock)
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With West Ham intent on securing Lingard’s services on a permanent basis, Manchester United are understood to be keen to use the 28-year-old as a makeweight in a swap deal for Rice.
But the Irons have issued a hands-off warning, insisting there is no chance of the former Chelsea academy star leaving the London Stadium this summer, according to The Sun .
The pair have been standout performers this season and appear shoo-ins to travel to the Euros (Image: The FA via Getty Images)
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The report adds West Ham are only interested in working on a deal for Lingard and will not entertain any mention of Rice at the negotiating table.
The Three Lions stalwart is currently sidelined with a knee injury but is expected to be fit for this summer’s Euros.
West Ham value Rice at over £100million and are confident he will want to stay given the growing possibility of the club securing Champions League qualification.
The Irons sit fourth in the Premier League after their 3-2 victory over Leicester and David Moyes hailed the “incredible result” in the absence of key personnel.
“We played well for the opening 60 minutes and we have a good team,” said the Irons boss.
“And at the minute were without a couple of our main players as well, so to get the results were getting is incredible.”
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