Writing for Eurosport, journalist Dean Jones has dropped a transfer update involving West Ham United star Declan Rice.
The Lowdown: Rice rejects contract offers…
As per The Telegraph, who first broke the news, the 22-year-old has rejected multiple contract offers from the Irons as multiple clubs circle, with Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City all thought to have an interest in him.
This claim is backed by club insider ExWHUemployee, who says that the England midfielder has indeed rejected offers of a new deal but the club have no intention to sell this summer (via Hammers News).
The Latest: Jones drops update…
As per Jones, writing for Eurosport, Rice is prepared to consider offers away from West Ham this summer as he eyes Champions League football and a chance to win trophies at club level.
The report added that being being a key part of the England squad over Euro 2020 has only reinforced beliefs that the midfield gem is ready and could handle the pressure of a ‘big club’.
Meanwhile, it is believed that the Irons’ London rivals Chelsea will ‘touch base’ about making an offer for the 22-year-old ‘later this month’.
In terms of potentially signing a new deal at West Ham and putting the exit saga to bed, the club may have to offer Rice a salary which has ‘never been seen before’ at Rush Green.
The Verdict: Keep or sell?
According to this report, West Ham value him at around £80m, so if Chelsea come calling with the correct bid later this month, should the Irons consider it?
David Moyes arguably needs to strengthen in key areas such as centre forward and centre-back, but losing their superstar midfielder could be a heavy price to pay for a bolstered transfer kitty.
Rice averaged the joint-most interceptions per game out of the entire West Ham squad over 2020/21 whilst started 32 Premier League matches, highlighting just how integral he is to Moyes’ team (WhoScored).
As West Ham gear up for the Europa League group stages, the club should only contemplate letting him go if a truly ridiculous offer comes in and they’re sure they can strengthen the squad overall with the subsequent funds.
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