West Ham United are set to offer Declan Rice ‘fresh terms’ after managing to keep the England international in the summer transfer window.
The Lowdown: Late business at London Stadium
David Moyes’ side left their business until the final few days of the transfer window this summer after securing Europa League football last season.
Craig Dawson made his loan move permanent and Alphonse Areola joined from Paris Saint-Germain on loan, before Kurt Zouma and Nikola Vlasic both signed from Chelsea and CSKA Moscow respectively.
Spartak Moscow midfielder Alex Kral then joined his fellow international teammates Vladimir Coufal and Tomas Soucek in London, on a season-long loan from Spartak Moscow.
After a busy summer, the Hammers are turning their attention to keeping their current stars, with this latest report claiming Soucek and Coufal are set to sign new deals.
The Latest: New Deals set to be handed out
In the report from insiders Claret & Hugh, which details the bumper new deals set for the Czech pair, the final line may come of particular interest to Irons fans, suggesting that Rice is ‘another’ player who could have a new deal in the pipeline.
The report reads: “Declan Rice is another who could be handed fresh terms – as soon as he is willing to put to paper, there will be a deal waiting for him!”
After making his 24th appearance for England and scoring his first goal for the Three Lions, BBC pundit Chris Sutton has hailed the midfielder as ‘an outstanding talent’, whilst Gary Lineker also congratulated Rice on his Twitter.
The Verdict: Needs to happen
Rice has been instrumental for Moyes’ side since the former Manchester United boss arrived at the London Stadium.
Alongside Soucek in the middle, Rice has boasted 1.7 tackles and 2.3 interceptions per game this season, playing every minute of the Premier League campaign so far.
He has now deservedly cemented himself in Gareth Southgate’s squad and has been linked with a move to his boyhood club Chelsea – the Champions League winners’ interest shows exactly how well the Hammers star is performing.
Keeping Rice at the club is vital for everyone involved if West Ham are to continue their push into the top six.
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