West Ham are doing all they can to keep star midfielder Declan Rice by offering him a new eight-year deal, which would set him up for life.
It has been reported that the Hammers have offered Rice a new eight-year deal worth £200,000 a week.
That is according to TalkSPORT, who claim Rice’s deal could be made a 10-year one if he wanted, but also that his camp believe he could get as much as £300-400,000 a week at a bigger club.
West Ham manager David Moyes recently went on record as saying it would take a bid in excess of £150m to persuade the club to sell their most prized asset. That is crazy money for a player like Rice, when you could possibly sign AS Monaco midfield ace Aurelien Tchouameni for less than £100m this summer.
It makes sense that United are asking agents to find out more about free transfers this summer, but I’m not sure they will find anyone to fix our problems in midfield.
That is going to take some serious investment unless Erik ten Hag and Ralf Rangnick can unearth some gems through their scouting networks.
Rice has been a consistent performer over a fantastic season that saw West Ham reach the Europa League semi-finals, but it sounds like he is being priced out of a move this summer.
At the same time, Rice has been offered an opportunity to become a West Ham legend. He gave a hint that he would be staying at West Ham next season at a recent annual awards ceremony held by the club.
For all being a West Ham legend is worth…