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EXCLUSIVE: Rice gets new offer – the details

CandH Exclusive by Hugh Southon

West Ham yesterday (Sat) put their final offer got now on the table to Declan Rice after weeks and weeks of talks.

And the club say that if this is unacceptable to his agent Neil Fewings the club won’t be discussing things again until the end of the season.

But the Hammers have made a very attractive and tempting offer to the 19 year old who has been in outstanding form this season as they bid to put an end to the brinkmanship which has haunted their efforts to get the deal done.

We understand from a top source that the new deal will put Rice’s basic wage up to £21k a week – an advance of £3k on the offer they put forward a couple of weeks ago.

And they will also pay him £20k for every Premier League start, 10k if he comes off the bench as a sub and 5k should he remain on the bench.

They have sharpened his appetite even more by offering a £5k raise on his basic for every 15 starts but insist that the deal needs to be done now or there can be no further discussions until the end of the season.

It means that should Fewings refuse the deal, his client will remain on £2.5k until the end of the campaign and it would be a surprise were the teenager to be happy about that.

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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

7 comments on “EXCLUSIVE: Rice gets new offer – the details

  1. He’s a good player & I Relieve he will get even better under Pelligrini. He needs to sign and show how good he can be, keep working hard he could become a legend if he keeps his head straight he needs to sign to help his career and I hope he does. Let’s all stay positive get behind the lads when we play Spurs & get that win . COYI ⚒

  2. If we don’t pay him what he’s worth I’m sure somebody else will. He’s a key player and it would cost us £30+ million to replace him.

  3. Wouldn’t it have been cheaper to pay him the 30k a week he wanted originally? This deal must be based on the fact they don’t expect him to play every game in the future. Maybe the idea is to sign a world class player in his position and have Declan on the bench.

  4. The deal looks good to me for a nineteen year old sensibly priced and he can look at ìt again end of season and get rid of these greedy agents of footballers asp

  5. I don’t understand why this is better for the club than the straight £30k his agent wanted. We’ll end up paying more as he’s young, healthy and pretty indispensible at the moment. Why create the headache of that weekly calculation, the potential arguments about when he starts on the bench etc.? Is this because it’s a template for new deals going forward; to avoid paying over the odds for squad players and the walking wounded?

  6. I am sure there is more to the contract than those highlights but in principle if fit it is a 26k basic potentially 36k and every 15 starts goes up by 5k at the base. Seems quite fair.

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