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Rice rejects two West Ham contract offers amid Chelsea, United and City interest

Declan Rice has rejected two contract offers from West Ham amid interest from Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City.

West Ham are keen for the midfielder to sign a new long-term contract and ward off interest from further up the Premier League, with a number of the division’s leading sides having monitored the progress of the England international.

 

Rice starred as West Ham secured qualification for the Europa League last season and captained the club for much of the campaign, though the 22-year-old is understood to be keen on playing Champions League football and the Guardian are reporting that he has asked the Hammers to keep him informed should offers arrive.

Rice was strongly linked with a move to Chelsea last summer and the west Londoners are understood to retain an interest in his services, with Thomas Tuchel set to be backed in the transfer market this summer.

The midfielder was released by Chelsea as a teenager before moving to West Ham and is thought to be keen on a return to Stamford Bridge if the opportunity arrives.

Billy Gilmour is expected to leave on loan with newly-promoted Norwich interested in signing the 20-year-old on a season-long agreement, freeing space for Rice in the Chelsea midfield.

Meanwhile, Manchester United are thought to be interested in bolstering their midfield and have been linked with both Rice and Rennes’ midfielder, Eduardo Camavinga, while Man City view Rice as a potential long-term replacement for Fernandinho.

The report says City are the ‘least likely’ to bid however, given their potentially expensive interest in Rice’s England teammates, Jack Grealish and Harry Kane.

West Ham are in a strong negotiating position with the youngster having three years remaining on his contract and it will take a bid of more than £100m for the club to consider Rice’s sale this summer.

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