Five West Ham United stars including captain Declan Rice could leave in the summer claims a Hammers insider.
It has been widely accepted that West Ham will listen to offers for Rice next summer as the skipper refuses to sign a new contract.
But there was hope that West Ham’s show of ambition in the summer, with £170m spent on eight new signings, might persuade the England star to stay.
The 23-year-old is still very much expected to leave West Ham at the end of what is proving a difficult season so far.
And it seems he won’t be the only one.
Five West Ham stars including captain Rice could leave in the summer claims a Hammers insider.
In an exclusive, Claret and Hugh claim there are a host of contract issues behind the scenes at West Ham.
The report claims Rice is ‘certain’ to leave and could be joined out of the West Ham exit by Vladimir Coufal, Ben Johnson, Harrison Ashby and Aaron Cresswell.
Lukasz Fabianski, who will be turning 38, could also leave at the expiration of his contract the report claims. Although David Moyes could elect to give him another one-year deal.
“West Ham boss David Moyes has contract decisions to make about a handful of players as they head towards into the final months of their contracts – notably at right back,” Claret and Hugh report.
Coufal is out of contract although the Hammers do have a two-year option. The report reveals West Ham are struggling to agree a new contract with Johnson while Ashby is also said to be “refusing” to sign a new deal “with the general view being that he could be off to Newcastle”.
“Aaron Cresswell – who is 33 years old in December – also sees his deal runs out in 2023 but has no option attached to his current contract,” Claret and Hugh adds.
“It seems certain that skipper Declan Rice will be on his way with the club ready to entertain offers whilst at the back Moyes will need to think about another keeper with Lukasz Fabianski approaching 38 although a new deal won’t be out of the question.”
Rice is on course to have played 250 games for West Ham by next summer.
That would leave him in third place on the club’s all-time Premier League appearances list behind Mark Noble (414) and Cresswell (261 and counting).
Given West Ham’s woeful start to the season, these distractions will undoubtedly be at the bottom of Moyes’ agenda right now.
But after a big overhaul in the summer just gone, it seems another could be on the horizon.
Four of those players mentioned above started West Ham’s last game. Craig Dawson is also likely to leave for personal reasons.
And there will be doubts about the future of Tomas Soucek beyond this season if his poor form continues.