The Lowdown: Rice attracting transfer interest
The 23-year-old fan favourite still has more than three years remaining on his contract with the Irons, but there has recently been plenty of speculation surrounding the midfielder’s future after transfer insider Fabrizio Romano revealed that the England international has turned down a third contract offer from his current employers.
It would seem as though David Moyes has tried to ward off any potential suitors by placing a staggering £150m price tag on the West Ham maestro, but it appears that there are still several Premier League clubs, including Manchester United and Chelsea, who are interested in his services.
The Latest: Trophy could change everything
Brown believes that the only reason Rice wants to leave the club is to have a greater chance to get his hands on silverware, but the journalist has suggested that should West Ham win the Europa League, it could convince the 29-cap international to stay in east London.
He told GiveMeSport: “We don’t know yet how desperate Rice is to get out of West Ham. Moyes said this could be a negotiating tactic just because he wants more money.
“He has been offered more money by West Ham and it’s clear that he’s ambitious and wants to win things too.
“West Ham could still win things this season. That might change his thinking.”
The Verdict: Could they do it?
The Hammers are heading into the second leg of their Europa League semi-final against Eintracht Frankfurt with a 2-1 deficit to overcome, but the tie is far from over and could still easily be turned on its head.
The £67.5m-rated talisman, who was once described as a “world class” player by former Irons team-mate Sebastien Haller, has already scored three goals in the competition so far and has a pass success rate of 91.7% (via WhoScored), showing just how much he has contributed from the middle of the park.
Will Rice stay at West Ham United this summer?
Should West Ham be able to secure a victory in Germany on Thursday night to make it to the final, they will no doubt feel they have every chance of going all the way and lifting trophy in Seville on 18 May. Doing so could be a seminal moment in Rice’s career path.
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