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Crouch urges Man Utd to use Lingard as makeweight in deal for West Ham star Rice

Peter Crouch believes Manchester United could use Jesse Lingard as a makeweight in negotiations for West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice.

Lingard has enjoyed an excellent start to his loan spell at West Ham.

And Crouch thinks United could use Lingard in any potential deal to lure Rice to Old Trafford.

"I love Declan Rice," Crouch told the Daily Mail.

"I have got a few friends who are West Ham fans and they want the club to break the bank, make him club captain and do all that it takes to keep him there for the next 15 years. He's a brilliant player and could play for any of the top sides.

"Your suggestion makes sense for United. Lingard needs to get away as his time at Old Trafford is up, while Rice is the kind of player United need to add. Would West Ham do that deal? I'm not so sure. We'll see what happens."

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