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Ferdinand urges Manchester United transfer target to avoid Old Trafford move

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Anton Ferdinand has urged Manchester United transfer target Declan Rice to stay at West Ham.

Rice has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester United, according to the Evening Standard.

With West Ham in the Europa League semi-final, they could be playing Champions League football next season. Manchester United are struggling to qualify after a poor season so far, and former West Ham man Ferdinand has had his say on the potential transfer.

“Man Utd isn’t the place to go right now. They’re going through a massive transitional period,” said Ferdinand, speaking to The Sun.

Declan Rice.

With a new manager in place and an overhaul of players and staff, it could be a long-term project that takes a while to click. New manager Erik ten Hag has his credentials, but he’s never managed in the Premier League.

“For me personally, if I’m Rice, Man Utd is not a place that I’d be going. I’d wait a few years and see what Ten Hag does,” added Ferdinand.

Waiting a few years to see if United work well under Ten Hag could work in Rice’s favour, but they may sign a midfielder instead of him who pushes on to become a key player at the club. With West Ham reportedly demanding £150m, according to The Athletic, United could find a cheaper alternative who turns out to be a better fit than Rice.