Rice has been linked with interest from Chelsea earlier in the season and in recent weeks it has been reported Manchester United are showing interest in the midfielder ahead of this summer’s transfer window.
Speaking about the 22-year-old’s season so far, Gough added a warning to the West Ham fans regarding Rice’s future.
He said: “Well, I don’t think he has to go now. I mean, West Ham are having a fantastic season. But yeah, I would say that there is those ongoing talks with him, his family, his agent, the club.
“There’s quite a lot going on isn’t there and it could happen at any time if the right bid comes in. I’m sure it will frustrate and annoy West Ham fans but I think they’re realistic enough to know, but if the right bid comes in they will sell him.”
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TIF Thoughts on Gough’s comments…
According to reports, interest from Chelsea in Rice has cooled since the club parted ways with Frank Lampard in January. Gough believes Rice should be in no rush to leave West Ham given their terrific 2020/21 Premier League campaign so far, however, he is aware that if the Hammers do receive a huge bid for him they may find it difficult to turn it down – especially given the current financial issues affecting football clubs during the pandemic.
As Gough says, the thought of Rice potentially leaving the club may frustrate the fans, however, many will understand the thinking behind his departure if a huge bid was to come in for him and to be accepted by the club.