West Ham star Declan Rice would instead join Spurs than Man United in the summer transfer window to play under Pochettino says Danny Mills.
Spurs are also in the market for a deep-lying holding midfielder to vill fill the void of Moussa Dembele’s departure with futures of Victor Wanyama and Eric Dier uncertain at the club.
According to Mills, Tottenham have the upper hand against United in the tussle for Rice as the Red Devils don’t have the same pull on young talent anymore, and someone like Rice would a better fit at White Hart Lane.
“If Man United come knocking for Rice, then Arsenal, Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester City could come as well,” Mills said. “If you’ve got the choice between Man United and two clubs in the Champions League next season, where are you going to go? Not Old Trafford.” the ex- Leeds man told Football Insider.
“Are you going to improve and develop as a player under Ole-Gunnar Solskjaer? Nobody knows. Are you going to improve under Mauricio Pochettino? Yes.
“Man United is not as big a pull as it used to be. There are other teams players would rather play for. Once upon a time, Man United came knocking and off you went.
“A player like Rice, I’m sure he would rather join Spurs than Man United.”
Rice has enjoyed an incredible campaign for the Hammers after be including a memorable winner against Arsenal just two days before his 20th birthday.
He made 34 league appearances for Manuel Pellegrini’s side after being shifted from central defence to deep-lying midfield.
The 20-year-old will be in Gareth Southgate’s plans for the upcoming UEFA Nations League finals in Portugal after he switched his allegiances from Ireland to play for the Three Lions.