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West Ham United will be encouraged by a brilliant story regarding young star Declan Rice.

Rice has been embroiled in protracted contract negotiations since breaking into the West Ham first team last season.

The former Chelsea youth player became an integral part of firstly David Moyes’ setup and now Manuel Pellegrini‘s side.

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Contract impasse continues

Negotiations between the players’ representatives and West Ham over a new deal have become difficult in the past few weeks.

Rice, who earns about £3,000 per week currently (Evening Standard), recently rejected an offer of £15,000 per week plus £20,000 for every Premier Leaguestart and a salary rise after every 15 Premier League games.

The key to satisfying Rice’s demands appeared to be offering a higher basic wage.

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Rice future a concern

But according to the London Evening StandardWest Ham have made their teenage star a final contract offer.

And crucially the East Londoners have made it clear that if the latest offer is not accepted, there will be no further discussions before the end of the season.

That has left supporters anxious over the brilliant and versatile star’s future.

Rice has been linked with former club Chelsea and Manchester United.

But Hammers will take huge encouragement from a story Rice told after Saturday’s excellent 3-0 win over Newcastle United.

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‘Woooaaahoo… I’m a West Ham fan in New York’

Speaking to West Ham’s official website, Rice revealed his family’s commitment to the club went above and beyond.

“My Mum and Dad are in New York and they went to a West Ham pub and watched the whole game with the fans over there,” Rice told whufc.com.

“My Dad text one of them before they went out and they text back to say there would be about 100 of them there!

“They sent me photos and videos of them singing West Ham songs and it looked good!”

Rice and his family are clearly committed to West Ham.

Supporters are hoping the club will reciprocate.