The Lowdown: Rice rumours emerge…
A plethora of rumours surrounding Rice have come to light in the last week with big name transfer source Fabrizio Romano claiming he is ‘open’ to leaving this summer and has turned down a third new deal offer.
The insider believes that Rice is committed to West Ham for 2022/2023 at the very least, though if there isn’t any sign of competing for silverware, he could consider his future next year.
The Latest: Jones shares update…
Speaking to GiveMeSport, Jones claimed that the 23-year-old is set for a ‘big’ conversation with West Ham behind-the-scenes and there is ‘no doubt’ clubs will be knocking on the door.
He explained: “Declan Rice is going to have to have a big conversation with West Ham at the end of the season, no matter what happens.
“There’s no doubt that there’s going to be two or three clubs asking the question of how much would you actually sell this guy for?”
The Verdict: Interesting summer ahead…
However, if Rice pushes for a possible move away, West Ham may be pressured somewhat to entertain interested clubs as to not disrupt the harmony of Moyes’ squad.
That being said, any price below £100 million simply shouldn’t be considered given his obvious quality, the fact Rice is homegrown and may only get better.
According to WhoScored, the colossal Three Lions international has averaged a fifth-best passing accuracy per game on average out of every Premier League player in the division (91.6%) – backing his composure and assurance at an impressively young age.
He’s also in high demand, putting West Ham in a position of strength to command a justifiable fee for his services.
Ideally, Moyes will have another season or two with Rice in his squad, but this summer could be a very interesting one nonetheless.
In other news: ExWHUemployee shares major West Ham player update with deal agreed! Find out more here.
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