Rice announcement due but Hammers still waiting


By Sean Whetstone

Declan Rice is on the verge of completing his move to Arsenal which is expected within  24 hours.

Arsenal have promised they will return signed contracts today which was the last but one hurdle to complete the deal agreed two weeks ago.

HOWEVER, despite being a few hours behind GMT, Arsenal’s American owners still had not returned the signed contract to West Ham at 5pm which would releaseRice as a West Ham player.

A £100m plus bid from Arsenal for West Ham captain Declan Rice is believed to be imminent.

Hammer Rice announcement due

The North London club need to wire West Ham the first instalment of £33.3m and when this happens the Hammers can release Rice’s player registration.

Rice will need to sign his contract with Arsenal simultaneously thought to be worth £250,000 per week on a long term contract.

Declan is in the Algarve carrying out fitness training with a personal trainer and is reported to have completed an announcement video with the North London club in advance.

It appears the prolonged saga is finally in its last hours and things are expected to move with an official announcement either today or tomorrow.

Arsenal fans have suggested that their club deliberately delayed the deal to make West Ham pay Rice’s wages while he finished his holiday but his current deal is worth less than £72,000 per week so that theory would hurt their new player more than the Hammers.

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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!"

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  • Dalkirst says:

    This is getting boring now. Give them a warning of if they don’t sign him tonight it’s off. If Rice doesn’t like it, tough

  • PAUL GARNER says:

    i would pull the plug, arse are sulking because we held out for more money, with better payment strategy ,if arse act like kids, treat them like kids, let arse try again next season, when rice price goes up. AND if they want to pay HP terms, charge them interest.
    they need to appoint new lawyers, we could send karen brady to their offices and find out exactly whats going on.

  • Gazza says:

    I reckon they are waiting for us to start spending so we need the money and then come back in to try and negotiate the terms with an advantage for them. I would give them an ultimatum or tell them the price will go up!

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