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Dec’s Hammers future on the line

Graham Potter may see Declan as a target

By Hughie Southon

Declan Rice’s future as a Hammer is more under question now than at any time in the last two years.

The near non-stop saga on whether he will stay or go has preoccupied us for a long while but as exclusively revealed in CandH several months ago he was always going to remain for the 22/23 season.

However, it bears repeating that the club are ready to entertain offers next summer after seeing his representative – Sean Rice, and the player as a result – reject an offer of £200k a week.

A key source explained to us then that he would definitely be here this season but that a decision on his future would be made in the summer were offers to arrive.

It remains to be seen whether new Chelsea boss Graham Potter sees him as a player he needs or whether the Hammers get the widely reported £100 million plus for which they are hoping should a bid arrive.

This season’s results will have done nothing to help change the circumstances surrounding our prize asset and we can only hope the squad go on a run which lifts them into a position where that may be the case.

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About Hugh5outhon1895

Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!" Follow on Twitter @hughsouthon

2 comments on “Dec’s Hammers future on the line

  1. Like a few other senior players Declan needs to show he is worth big money at the top table!

    • Totally agree. He ought to forget all the Twitter, celebrity wannabe and League of Their Own stuff and concentrate on his game or else he won’t be worth 15 million let alone 150 million…

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