Declan Rice tipped to sign new West Ham deal after £150m update
Alan Hutton has suggested fresh investment into West Ham could convince Declan Rice to sign a new contract.
The former Spurs defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed new signings in January may change the 22-year-old’s mind about his future.
Football Insider revealed in September West Ham plan to sell Rice for £90million after he turned down the club’s contract offers.
The Hammers have tabled several proposals in a bid to tie the midfielder down in east London.
However, West Ham news outlet Claret and Hugh, who are well connected to the club, report (2nd November) the Irons have put any discussions on ice until the end of the season.
The club reportedly do not want Rice to be distracted by talk over a new deal this season.
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However, West Ham are said to have told the midfielder there is a massive deal waiting if he wants to sign.
As reported by the Evening Standard (30th October), Czech Billionaire Daniel Kretinsky is in advanced talks to buy a 27 per cent share in the Irons.
The prospective £150million deal would reportedly free up funds for the club to spend in January.
Hutton suggested ambitious signings and proof of progress could see Rice commit his future to the club.
Hutton told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “If they can invest in the January transfer window, you’ve got the likes of Declan Rice. Will he want to stay now?
“I think so, if he can see the progression in the team, that they’re actually going for the top four now.
“If they’re making good signings and they want to build a team round him.”
Rice’s current deal expires in the summer of 2024.
He has made 158 appearances for the club to date.
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