MANCHESTER UNITED sent scouts to watch contract rebel Declan Rice in West Ham's heavy defeat to Man City, according to reports.
The highly-rated defender is holding off putting pen-to-paper on a new contract with his current deal expiring in 2020.
PA:Press Association4 Declan Rice is locked in battle with Man City's David Silva
Rice, 19, is well aware that some of the Premier League's top clubs are closely watching his progress.
And Man United, who are in the market for a new central defender, are just one of the clubs who are ready to make a move.
The Metro reports that United sent their top representatives to watch him in action in the 4-0 defeat to City.
It was believed that the Red Devils wanted to see how he would perform against the strength of the Premier League leaders.
AFP or licensors4 The defender was watched closely by Manchester United scouts against West Ham
PA:Press Association4 The 19-year-old's contract is expiring in the summer of 2020
Rice, who currently earns £3,000-a-week, has been offered the chance to sign a new deal at the Hammers and increase his pay packet to £20k.
Chelsea are prepared to double that fee and Tottenham have also made their interest to the player known.
Rice was voted Young Hammer of the year last season, for the second successive year, and is a big hit with fans.
Not only does Rice has a decision to make on his club future, he is also in the midst of an international tug-of-war between England and Republic of Ireland.
Reuters4 Jose Mourinho is desperate to sign a new central defender
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