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David Moyes is looking forward to welcoming Declan Rice back to London Stadium as the Arsenal midfielder returns to his former club West Ham United in Wednesday’s EFL Cup fourth-round tie.

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Rice made 245 appearances in all competitions for the Hammers and captained them to glory in last season’s UEFA Europa Conference League before moving across London to Emirates Stadium this summer.

“Hopefully, he will be back,” Moyes told the club’s official website. “This is the man that lifted the club’s first European trophy in 58 years. He should be welcomed back with open arms.

“We’re all looking forward to seeing him again. He was a brilliant member of the team, who led the team brilliantly well, conducted himself impeccably as a West Ham player and captain.

“I’m really looking forward to seeing Dec. I’ve not seen him since he left. I’m not sure I want him to play, but I hope he’s there.

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“If you look at the way he conducted himself throughout [the transfer to Arsenal], he was involved with the supporters, he was always seen helping the club when needed, and the most important thing was that he gave 100 per cent in every game, even though we all knew he wouldn’t be staying at West Ham.

“All credit to him, for conducting himself so well. He deserves to be cheered just for that.”

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta shared similar sentiments, telling the club’s official website: “I think it’s beautiful [for Declan to go back]. Every time you hear him talk about West Ham and what they did for him and everybody at the club, he cannot talk any higher, so hopefully they will be the same way towards him.”

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Eddie Howe will have to manage his injury-riddled squad as Newcastle United visit Manchester United in a repeat of last season’s EFL Cup final, as the Magpies fight on three fronts, including the UEFA Champions League.

“It’s not ideal for us, especially with the season we have,” he told the club’s official website. “It’s a totally different feel to last season where we could maybe absorb those hits a bit easier with the week-to-week games.

“We’re not in that position now so we’re going to need everybody in the squad to step up, which I think is the key message. Everyone has to give a bit more.

“I don’t think, for this game, we’re expecting anyone that wasn’t available before Wolves to be available now. The majority are longer-term unfortunately for us. That’s the position we’re in so we’ll be going with a very similar squad.

“[Sven] Botman is unclear at the moment so we’re going day-by-day with that one currently. Alex [Isak], we hope, will be back after the international break.”

Silva dreaming big

Meanwhile, Fulham head coach Marco Silva is eyeing up a long run in the EFL Cup.

“This is a different competition, probably a competition that can give us a chance to get something special, which is to play at Wembley and we are fighting for it,” he said.

“We have shown our ambition from the first game in the Carabao Cup this season and I am sure that we are going to see that same fighting spirit that we are going to have to display to beat Ipswich.”

Elsewhere, Everton manager Sean Dyche faces his old team Burnley as the Toffees look to continue their strong form, having won four of their last six matches in all competitions.

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