Danny Murphy advises Declan Rice on the actions he needs to take in order to facilitate a transfer to Arsenal

Danny Murphy has provided advice to Declan Rice, suggesting that he might need to take the risk of upsetting West Ham in order to secure his desired move to Arsenal, writes the Metro.

While West Ham has reluctantly accepted that their captain will depart this summer, they are holding out for a £100 million offer for the English midfielder. Arsenal has already had two bids rejected by their city rivals and is expected to make a third offer soon, closer to the asking price.

West Ham chairman David Sullivan recently acknowledged that Rice would be allowed to leave, but this declaration has not generated the anticipated competition for his signature. Chelsea has prioritized Moises Caicedo as their main midfield target after the departures of Mateo Kovacic and N’Golo Kante.

Although there were reports of Manchester City and Manchester United being willing to propose player-plus-cash deals to tempt West Ham, Rice has privately expressed his desire to join Arsenal. With Arsenal hesitant to meet West Ham’s valuation, Murphy believes Rice may need to go on strike in order to complete the transfer from east to north London.

He told talkSPORT: ‘As of now Man City aren’t in – my understanding is they have not committed yet and I’ve heard nothing about Bayern Munich – so Arsenal don’t have to rush.

‘And it may get to a point where Declan has got a decision to make – has he got the courage to kick up to get out if he needs to?

‘I know he’s not that type of lad but sometimes you have to be Craig Bellamy, Joey Barton – you’ve got to look after yourself.

‘I only had it once in my career, but you have to be able to follow through.

‘It means you have to make it perfectly clear, ‘If you keep me here I won’t be playing’, and even if you don’t really believe it long-term, you have to do it and make them believe.

‘Is it a professional thing to do? It doesn’t matter. You’ve got to look after yourself.