According to ESPN, United have instructed their scouts to identify alternatives to Rice, with the club having doubts over whether the 22-year-old would significantly improve the team.
The same outlet also claims that there are concerns over West Ham’s valuation of Rice. So if all of that is to be believed, then it looks like a move to Old Trafford is very unlikely.
Will Rice end up at Manchester United?
With United seemingly out of the picture, Palmer thinks David Moyes and the Hammers will be able to relax a bit.
“I think West Ham can rest easy, I really do,” the ex-Leeds United player said to TIF in response to the speculation about Manchester United cooling their interest in Rice.
“I think he’s a very good player. Do I think he’s a £100m player? No, not in my opinion. I’d be very surprised to see a team pay 100 million for him.”
As well as ESPN, the Daily Star have also reported that Rice is no longer a priority for United.
According to the newspaper, they have turned their attention towards Rice’s England team-mate Kalvin Phillips, so it does look like West Ham will not have to worry about a bid from United as things stand.