West Ham United are in no rush to hand Declan Rice a new deal, despite reports to the contrary.
West Ham fans were delighted when the likes of The Daily Mail claimed Rice was set to be rewarded with a new long-term contract making him the highest paid player at the club.
Rice currently earns around £60,000 per week. And The Daily Mail reported that was set to double to £120k in the new contract.
Insiders with link to owners claim ‘no rush’ for Rice deal
It comes after West Ham held onto Rice in the summer although the much-publicised interest from Chelsea never materialised into a bid.
But West Ham fans may be disappointed to hear the Hammers are in ‘no rush’ to hand Rice a new deal yet.
That’s according to insiders Claret & Hugh – who have direct links to West Ham owners David Sullivan and David Gold.
“As was the case in the summer, media outlets are claiming the Irons are hatching a mighty plan to keep him at the club,” Claret & Hugh report.
‘Hammers were always intent on offering him a new deal regardless’
“But the reality is there has not been a single offer or enquiry for the club’s star man and although a new deal could be on the cards there is no rush to do it now…
“We have learned the Hammers were always intent on offering him a new deal regardless of the speculation should he become the club’s leader on the pitch.”
West Ham will surely want to get any new deal done and dusted before we get close to the January window, though.
West Ham would be wise to get contract sorted before January window
As that rolls around speculation over Rice’s future will no doubt resurface.
And if any club does front up the money to make an offer it will leave West Ham in a difficult position.
If David Moyes’s side continue their good form it could also completely derail what promises to be a positive season for the Hammers.