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‘Frustrated’ Rice to knock back all West Ham contract offers

Declan Rice is set to reject West Ham’s offers of a new contract with the midfielder ‘frustrated’ at the club’s transfer valuation of the midfielder.

West Ham have placed a price-tag of more than £100m on the England international, a figure that has proven prohibitive for interested suitors including Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United.

 

Rice came through the academy system with the Hammers and has established himself as one of the best young midfielders in the Premier League, the 22-year-old having captained the club for much of last season as David Moyes’ side secured Europa League qualification.

The Times are reporting that whilst Rice remains committed to the Hammers in the short term, he is keen to compete for major trophies and play Champions League football, with the midfielder set to turn down any West Ham proposal of a contract extension.

Rice – who is believed to have turned down two contract offers – has three years remaining on his current deal, whilst the club have the option to extend for a further season until 2025.

There is no suggestion that Rice will try to force an exit, but it appears that he is hopeful of driving his valuation down by not putting pen to paper on a new deal.

West Ham have enjoyed a quiet transfer window so far despite their continental qualification, securing just the permanent arrival of Craig Dawson and the loan signing of goalkeeper Alphonse Areola.

The Hammers remain interested in signing Jesse Lingard from Manchester United following a successful loan spell last season, but are not prepared to meet the Red Devils’ current valuation for the England midfielder.

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