West Ham have put contract talks with Declan Rice on hold until the end of the season according to Claret and Hugh.

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The 22-year-old has been unbelievable for the Hammers over the past two years or so.

Rice has found another level this season, however, and is now undoubtedly one of the most highly sought after commodities in world football.

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The England international is the best defensive midfielder in the Premier League if not the world.

Keeping him at the London Stadium will be a priority for David Moyes. His current contract expires in the summer of 2024 and West Ham have the option of extending that by a further 12 months.

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The Hammers have put talks on hold with Dec until the end of the season according to Claret and Hugh.

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The good news though is that West Ham have made it clear that a massive new deal is waiting whenever he wants to put pen to paper.

Much will surely depend on whether we are able to finish inside the top four this season or not.

And that will depend on whether GSB back David Moyes to invest in his squad in January.

The addition of two top-class signings – a striker and someone like Jesse Lingard could very well take us to another level.

And it may well convince Rice to hang around.

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One thing we do have in our favour is that Dec is clearly loving life at the London Stadium. He is obviously a very down to earth young man as well.

And as things stand, there really is no reason for Rice to leave West Ham.

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