Former Liverpool and England midfielder Danny Murphy is tipping Manchester United transfer target Declan Rice to go "onto bigger and better things," comparing him with the likes of Roy Keane and Paul Scholes.
Murphy made the admission after watching the England international help West Ham United secure a 1-0 win over Everton at Goodison Park on Sunday afternoon.
Although Rice didn't net the winner for David Moyes' side, the United target was as busy and as hard-working as ever, producing another excellent performance to help the Hammers record a third Premier League away win of the season.
Rice has come on in leaps and bounds in the last 12 months or so, both for West Ham and for England. The 22-year-old has been earmarked by United as their prime midfield target ahead of next year, with the framework for how the club could lure him to Old Trafford having already been discussed.
Should United be successful in their efforts to sign the Hammers midfield ace, they would be landing a player who has similar traits to some of the Premier League's greatest midfielders of all-time, including former United duo Keane and Scholes.
Murphy told BBC Sport: "The best midfielders I ever played with, or against, could defend and they could get forward and score a goal.
"When you think of the likes of [Roy] Keane, [Paul] Ince, Stevie G [Steven Gerrard], [Patrick] Vieira, they could do both.
"I don't think he should be pigeonholed, he is brilliant in that defensive role but can you imagine him, and this is with no disrespect to West Ham, alongside, say, a [N'Golo] Kante-type player or Fabinho, where he has someone else sitting for him because [Tomas] Soucek is more of an attacking player.
"I am not trying to sell him, West Ham fans, but right now he is so important to them and he is going to go onto bigger and better things because he is such a wonderful player."
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