Declan Rice has been at the centre of a contract wrangle at West Ham lately and it has taken another turn heading into the international break.
According to the Evening Standard, the teenager, who is unsure whether to declare for England or the Republic of Ireland, has been made an improved offer by the club.
We’ve taken a look at the terms of the new offer and given our verdict on what it would mean for both player and club…
What’s the latest, then?
The new package would apparently be worth an initial £21,000 weekly, still supplemented by that £20,000 per league appearance.
Rice would further have the chance to boost his earnings before the season is out; the report claims that his basic wage will go up by £5,000 for every 15 league games he plays.
Crucially, the report claims that this is the club’s final offer to Rice; they will not be making another if the hot prospect turns it down.
The club hopes that the situation will be resolved before the end of the international break.
It is understandable that the club do not want to be held to ransom. But Rice deserves the money he is demanding and even this latest offer feels slightly on the stingy side.
That’s what makes it a risk to make it a final offer; Rice does not give off the impression of a player who wants to leave West Ham, but he has shown himself to be an ambitious character.
If he doesn’t accept, and there’s no guarantee that he will given that the offer isn’t incredible, West Ham have more to lose than Rice.
The teenager will find other Premier League suitors; West Ham will lose their brightest prospect and best holding midfielder. They are also in the midst of an injury crisis in midfield, which makes Manuel Pellegrini’s need more acute.