West Ham United have had a testing transfer window as there has been a lot of interest for one of their key players in Declan Rice.
The defensive midfielder is a key asset for the club and this is highlighted by the fact that he is their captain at the tender age of 21.
He has a special place in the hearts of many Irons fans as he is a product of their academy, but it seemed possible that he could be moving to Chelsea in this transfer window. A recent report seems to suggest the Hammers understand his importance and are keen to keep him at London Stadium.
The latest transfer update on Declan Rice
According to The Sun, West Ham will seek to double Rice’s wages in a new deal. They have managed to keep the England star at the club for another season as the window has shut.
The proposed new deal would make him a top earner on £120,000-a-week and would pin him down to another long-term contract.
Should West Ham offer Rice this much?
There are pluses and minuses to this development for West Ham. On the plus side, as he averaged 3.1 tackles and two interceptions a game last season, via WhoScored, as well as picking up one goal and three assists, keeping hold of such a consistent performer is certainly a boost.
It is good that they have found a way to potentially keep Rice at the club, as he is a vital player for the Irons and there is ample time for the England international to get even better as his career develops.
Should West Ham double Declan Rice's wages?
However, this is a lot of money to give such a young player on a weekly basis and it might make other players at the club feel like they also deserve a wage increase.
Rice, who is valued at £44.55m by Transfermarkt, is a crucial player for West Ham, so if the club can give him a new contract without frustrating other players in the squad, it appears a sensible option.
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