West Ham have severely upped the ante in their bid to keep star midfielder Declan Rice by offering him a new eight-year deal worth £200,000 a week.
The Hammers are in ongoing discussions with Rice, who has rejected three deals from his club so far, and this is the latest attempt to get the 23-year-old to put pen to paper, according to talkSPORT.
Rice has two years left on his current deal, with an option to extend for another year, but West Ham are keenly aware of several clubs, most notably Chelsea and Manchester United, that are looking to sign their prize asset this summer.
West Ham have offered Declan Rice (left) a staggering eight-year contract worth £200,000 a week
David Moyes is adamant he will not sell Rice in the transfer window – to the point of slapping a £150million price tag on him – but the club are wary given the England star has turned down their previous offers.
TalkSPORT report that Rice’s deal could be made a 10-year one if he wanted, but also that Rice’s camp believe he could get as much as £300-400,000 a week at a bigger club.
West Ham are betting on no club matching their £150m asking price for Rice, thus making now the right time to tie him down on a long-term deal.
West Ham boss David Moyes (centre) has slapped a £150million price tag on Rice to keep him
Rice has been West Ham’s star performer over a fantastic season that saw them reach the semi-finals of the Europa League before being knocked out by Eintracht Frankfurt.
With club captain Mark Noble restricted mostly to appearances from the substitute’s bench, Rice has marked himself out as West Ham’s on-field leader and his improvement has been noticed by several top clubs.
Chelsea are keen to bring their former academy talent back to the club, although the situation may be complicated given the Blues’ new ownership.
Similarly, Manchester United are set to embark on a huge rebuild under incoming boss Erik ten Hag, with several midfielders including Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic and Juan Mata slated to be jettisoned.
Rice has been West Ham’s outstanding player this season, showing leadership as on-field captain