Arsenal are being linked with a move for West Ham United youngster Declan Rice, with The Sun stating that the Gunners are ready to raid their London rivals for the promising defender.

The 17-year-old has impressed in the Hammers youth ranks and currently plays for the under-23 side at the London Stadium.

Rice has already become a Republic of Ireland under-21 international despite his young age and is being tipped to have a promising Premier League career.

Slaven Bilic gave the young centre-half a chance to feature in the first team during pre-season and is said to be a big fan of the young Irish star.

However, West Ham could face a battle to hold onto the teenage sensation, with Arsenal scouts believed to have come back to the North London side with glowing scout reports on Rice.

The Irons have a stellar youth system and a host of young starlets are set to vie for a place in the first team in coming years.

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