West Ham receive Man City bid for Rice


A Man City bid for Declan Rice has finally been received by West Ham according to reliable news sources .

Man City bid for Rice

It follows two failed bids by Arsenal and interestingly fails to involve Kalvin Phillips although that might follow later of course.

The news has been broken by The Athletic and puts huge pressure back on Arsenal who – as we reported earlier – have allegedly been pledging Team Rice from way back that they will sign the Hammers skipper.

However CandH can also confirm we have also received confirmation from Manchester City, West Ham and the Rice camp that the offer has been lodged.

Man City bid for Rice…now Man United expected to move

And it comes after nonsensical reports from the Mail and others that the Hammers have been encouraging the Gooners to bid again for a player who is now  receiving  interest from a number of clubs with Man United still expected to come in.

The Athletic report that the interest from City will be ongoing which means the Irons will now have achieved the bidding war they had hoped for as they look to receive a minimum of £100 million for the 24 year old.

Other details of the deal are beginning to emerge elsewhere which stipulate the terms of the offer. It is understood that City are offering an £80 million base payment over two years. This is in stark contrast to Arsenal who are believed to have offered an initial sum of £75m paid over 4 years.

With financial fair play regulations strictly upheld by UEFA, The hammers are looking for an up front fee. As a result, Manchester City’s offer for Rice will be far more alluring.

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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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