Manchester United scouts were at the London Stadium on Saturday to watch Declan Rice.
Man United have been linked with a move for the player before, but, according to The Metro, the 4-0 defeat to Manchester City was the first time representatives have watched the West Ham teenager in person.
The 19-year-old is yet to agree a new contract, with the player’s current deal expiring in 2020.
Losing a player who has been with the club since school would add to the frustration many Hammers fans currently feel at the moment.
Rice spent most of last season as a centre-back, but manager Manuel Pellegrini has pushed the teenager further forward into midfield this term where he has been one of the team’s better players. Pep Guardiola praised Declan Rice after Manchester City’s win against West Ham
And despite the loss to City, Rice still impressed, with Pep Guardiola saying afterwards: “Declan Rice is an excellent young player and he will be a top English player for many years to come.”
United’s interest comes at a time when Jose Mourinho is less than impressed with the desire of his current players.
After watching his side draw 0-0 with Crystal Palace, he said: “My feeling is that there was not enough from the heart, it was played with brain and also with heart, I think not enough heart.”
Rice has been at the club since Chelsea let him go when he was 14 and despite talks over a new deal stalling, wants to stay.
“I want to sign for West Ham and I think it is going to happen,” he told The Times. “Playing every week is what is best for me at the moment and hopefully the contract can come soon.”
He reportedly earns around £3,000-a-week and an offer from the club that would see his basic pay packet rise to £15,000 was turned down.