West Ham reportedly believe that they have won the battle to keep Declan Rice at the London Stadium for at least one more season.
That’s according to a report from The Daily Mail who claim that the Hammers are prepared to make the 23-year-old the club’s highest paid player ever and hand him the captain’s armband.
Rice has been absolutely sensational for West Ham over the past couple of years but he seems to have reached a new level entirely this season.
Dec has transformed into more of a box-to-box midfielder from a deep-lying one and he is now widely regarded to be one of the very best in world football, if not the best.
The Hammers fans have been concerned recently about where Rice might be plying his trade next season. Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City are all keen to sign the England international ace according to The Telegraph.
It appears as though there is some very good news though…
West Ham believe they have won Declan Rice battle
The Hammers are prepared to offer Rice a huge pay-rise and make him club captain next season according to a report from The Daily Mail.
West Ham currently have an offer of around £200k-a-week for Rice on the table and that will likely increase. It is suggested that the Hammers expect Dec to stay at the London Stadium for another season and maybe even beyond that.
Keeping Rice will be absolutely huge to our hopes of making some genuine progress as a football club next season.
David Moyes is building something very promising at the London Stadium.
In order to continue the impressive job that he has already done though, the Scot must be backed in the transfer market in the summer and be empowered to keep Rice at West Ham.
It seems as though the latter is likely to happen but the jury is still very much out on the former…