West Ham are reportedly prepared to double the wages of Declan Rice to £120,000 a week following interest from Chelsea throughout the summer.
Rice has been heavily linked with a move to the Blues as manager Frank Lampard is thought to be a big admirer of the midfielder.
Chelsea failed to launch an official bid, although they were apparently prepared to offer Antonio Rudiger and Ruben Loftus-Cheek in any deal.
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According to The Sun, West Ham now want to reward Rice for his loyalty by doubling his wages.
The player is currently on £60,000 a week, which is far less than Andriy Yarmolenko who earns £115,000 a week. It’s also less than attacking midfielder Felipe Anderson, who earned £85,000 a week prior to his loan move to Porto.
Doubling Rice’s wages would make him far more likely to stay at the London Stadium in the future.
He has started the new campaign brightly and is also part of Gareth Southgate’s England squad, which demonstrates his potential going forward.
The Hammers will want to ward off Chelsea by keeping Rice happy at the club. A new bumper deal for the player is arguably the best way of doing that.
Manager David Moyes sees Rice as a vital part of the team. He’s even suggested that the 21-year-old could become club captain in the future by following in the footsteps on Mark Noble.
The defensive midfielder was on the bench as England beat Wales 3-0 at Wembley on Thursday evening.
He’s appeared in every game for the Hammers in the Premier League so far as they’ve picked up six points from four games. They’ve had two impressive performances against Wolves and Leicester, too.
Their next game is against Tottenham on Sunday 18th October. Rice will play a vital role as West Ham try to stop the in-form Heung-Min Son and Harry Kane duo.