A worrying claim has emerged on the future of Declan Rice at West Ham United…
What’s the word?
At the start of the month, the Telegraph revealed that the 22-year-old midfielder had rejected two new contract offers from the club and they also claimed the England international would wait to see if interest from Manchester United and Chelsea is followed up this window.
Now, the ever-reliable ExWHUemployee has delivered a fresh update into the current situation – and it’s not good news for David Moyes or the fans.
Will Declan Rice remain a West Ham player this season?
In a recent Q&A on his Patreon page, the anonymous source said:
“Not so much our budget, but I think we promised good signings and that the club would build the [team] around him and so far that’s not happened.
“[He’s] not signed a new deal and probably won’t. If a big club like Chelsea or Man U meet the asking price I think we would struggle to hold onto him.”
Only a matter of time?
This is the last thing that those around the London Stadium will probably want to hear right now as it’s almost a double hammer blow heading into the new season.
That’s because the Irons are yet to make any moves in the transfer market and as a result, it could force Rice closer to an exit, which would be devastating for a club on the rise.
Indeed, the Hammers were saved from relegation with one game to spare and are now in the Europa League, all in the space of just one season. Rice played an integral role in that happening.
As per WhoScored, he rated out as Moyes’ fourth-best player with an average rating of 7.01. No player made more interceptions (1.8) per game, whilst he wasn’t far behind for tackles (1.8) and passing accuracy (88%) either.
Moyes has previously warned that it would take an astronomical fee to prise his star man and future captain away from East London but his hand may well be forced after an update like this.
“Bank of England money would be required, and you might even need to add Bank of Scotland on to that as well because he has been so good,” claimed the 58-year-old last season, via Goal.
Either way, with no new signings on the horizon just yet and Rice seemingly waiting for activity – both from the club and his interested parties – it seems like it’s only a matter of time before the Hammers faithful know his fate.
It’s certainly going to cause some anxiety heading into next month’s transfer deadline. Ex’s suggestion that he won’t sign a new deal is one big hammer blow.
AND in other news, West Ham fans won’t like ExWHUemployee’s takeover claim…