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West Ham insider delivers £83m Declan Rice contract update as crossroads looms at the end of the season

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West Ham insider delivers £83m Declan Rice contract update as crossroads looms at the end of the season

A West Ham insider has delivered an £83m Declan Rice contract update as a clear crossroads looms at the end of the season.

It has been widely accepted that West Ham will be forced to listen to offers for Rice next summer as the skipper has thus far refused 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.

Speaking to Hammers News recently, West Ham co-owner David Sullivan refuted a journalist’s claims that the club held talks with Chelsea over a deal for Rice in the summer.

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West Ham insider delivers £83m Declan Rice contract update as crossroads looms at the end of the season

Despite the fact West Ham have managed to hold on to Rice and have tried to show ambition in the transfer market, the 23-year-old is still expected to leave West Ham at the end of what is proving a difficult campaign so far.

Now a West Ham insider has delivered an £83m Rice contract update as a crossroads looms at the end of the season.

Speaking on 6foot2, Hammers insider Sean Whetstone claims West Ham are no further forward in negotiations with Rice and his dad – and representative – Sean.

Whetstone says West Ham’s record £83m contract offer, worth £200k per week, remains on the table. But the club are preparing for the worst.

“Declan Rice and his dad Sean who acts as his agent are continuing to decline a massive record £83.2m contract offered to them by West Ham,” Whetstone told 6foot2.

“Rice has 20 months left on his current deal and has been subject to long-term transfer interest from Chelsea where he started his career in their Academy before they cast him off.

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“The Hammers have offered the Rices an eight-year contract worth £200,000 a week but it has remained on the table without further negotiation and the club are now preparing themselves that it is unlikely to be signed now…

“David Moyes and the board know the reality that if they don’t cash in the England midfielder next summer they could lose him for nothing the following year.”

Last week, a West Ham insider revealed that Rice is one of five or six current first team players who could leave the club come the summer.

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