Another day, another Declan Rice rumour for West Ham United fans to contend with.
But this time there is a lot more credibility being attached to reports West Ham’s talisman has rejected two contract offers from David Sullivan and David Gold.
The Telegraph ran an exclusive yesterday claiming Rice has turned down two offers of new contracts from the Hammers.
And he has reportedly asked the club to keep him informed of any bids.
That has infuriated West Ham fans who don’t need much of an excuse to vent their spleens at the owners and vice-chairman Karren Brady.
“We’ve no intention of letting him go,” Moyes told the press, as reported by Claret & Hugh last summer.
“I am really excited at the thought of Declan and Tomas Soucek going forward, some of the young players we’ve got, and we’re starting to show signs of something forming, if we can add to it and get those final pieces it will be a positive step forward.
‘We’re going to try and add better players which would make him excited about being at West Ham in the future’
“He’s a really good player. And I see him helping us, and I hope he sees what we are trying to do.
“We’re going to try and add better players and add things to it which would make him excited about being at West Ham in the future.”
If that is what Rice has been promised then that is what the club must deliver if they stand any hope of keeping the midfielder.
Sullivan and Gold must back Moyes to make the vision he sold Rice a reality.
If they don’t then West Ham will risk losing him just like they did with Dimitri Payet.
Sullivan and Gold must make vision Moyes sold to Rice a reality or risk losing him like Payet – Heed Bilic words of warning
Some West Ham fans still refer to Payet as a snake. And it is understandable given the way he downed tools to force a move back to Marseille.
But as Slaven Bilic famously revealed on BT Sport, the Frenchman grew disillusioned having been promised world class players and a world class stadium only to end up playing alongside unknown flops such as Havard Nordtveit, Gokhan Tore, Jonathan Callieri and Italian misfit Simone Zaza in an athletics stadium with stands propped up on scaffolding and a chasm away from the action.
In fact Bilic’s words on how West Ham handled the Payet situation – and the options they had in trying to keep him – could very much apply to the Rice situation.
For those who have not seen the interview, it is well worth a watch below.