West Ham/Arsenal Rice talks hit problems


Talks with Arsenal over the Declan Rice switch to North London have hit more difficulties

Hughie Southon learns of West Ham/Arsenal talks trouble

Talks with Arsenal over the Declan Rice switch to North London have hit more difficulties with the Hammers determined to get the best possible deal for our club.

As is well known Arsenal want to pay the £105 million fee over four years but co West Ham chair David Sullivan is determined to get the fee over a maximum of 18 months.

And currently the delay is inhibiting our ability to get into the transfer window as much of the funds available are tied into the Rice deal.

West Ham hoping Rice will stay 

Claret and Hugh has learned exclusively from our top London Stadium source that the two sides are still fighting on a number of issues and hopes that hopes the situation would be solved by today are now dead.

But it has given rise to mild hopes that Declan could remain at the Hammers with our source saying: ” We are still fighting with Arsenal to do the gest deal for WHU, but we are hopeful it will conclude in next 72 hours. To be honest we still hope he stays, though its very unlikely!”

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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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  • West Aussie Hammer 1 says:

    It always seems to be issues with the hammers when want a decent fee for our players, which is rare but we get fleeced when we go to buy!

  • Neil Down Under says:

    Love this fella, he’s given his all for the club.
    As much as I feel he could stay and become a legend in the same way as Nobe’s, the decision seems made in his mind.
    I would hate to see a scenario where those involved become bitter.
    My opinion (go on, I’m allowed one), is get the deal done. Let Dec leave a hero, no ill will.
    Let’s get the team sorted pre-season, give them time to gel, no more relegation fights please!

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