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Hammers make Rice position very clear

By Hughie Southon

West Ham will move heaven and earth to make Declan Rice an offer he can’t reuse at the end of the season.

The club cannot allow him to run his contract down and are ready to pay him up to £150,000k a week – the highest personal terms in the club’s history.

And they believe that a top four finish will convince the skipper that he has more than an even money chance of achieving his ambitions at a club which is truly on its way to joining the elite.

With new investor Daniel Kretinsky determined to see the club hitting the heights money will be found to encourage the England star to sign at least another two year deal.

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That will take him into his mid twenties and there will be plenty of time left for him to move on should that be his desire.

Should two or three clubs enter the bidding this summer the fee could rocket towards £120 million which would be difficult to resist.

Bit we were told be a key source at the London Stadium: “The aim is to keep him and build the club around him. He will be offered the best contract we have offered any player.”

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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

2 comments on “Hammers make Rice position very clear

  1. Great news lets hope he signs, we should also look to sign players that will fit the culture and lift the level of the team, we can still do with that 25 goal a season striker and a left back that can defend and bomb forward, Bissouma in the centre of the park wouldn’t be a bad shout either, tbh Brighton like us have signed very well and developed the players well if we can nick some of theirs could be a good tactical move.

  2. Unfortunately, players in our club’s history isn’t the correct context when it comes to a new contract.

    Players of similar stature at other clubs in the league are the correct context…which means the likes of Mount at Chelsea, Kane at Spurs, Maguire at Man Utd, Grealish at Man City, etc.

    If we value Rice in that company, and expect him to stay and sign a new contract, he’ll need to be paid on a par with the players in that company…for which 150k might look a bit low ball frankly.

    There’s even talk by many that he’s the best CDM in the world (or that there is no one better anyway). 150k a week for the best CDM in the world…just don’t see him going for that!

    It’s going to need to be north of 200k with assurances about our player and squad investment, or the lure of the established super clubs, who only their transfer budgets will limit his choice of, will be a pull too much to resist.

    The cards are of course in the club’s favour, with him having 3 years left on his deal (2 plus a year’s option) so we could hold him to his current deal anyway for another season, but they should be looking at taking the savings made by him not signing a new contract that was offered this season, and tacking that on top of anything offered.
    We’re playing in a different league at this point,.and Declan will see that Harry Kane, who has stayed loyal and now looks stuck, is not a wise model to follow from a career perspective.

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