Pundit tips West Ham for 'big payday' after journalist update on Rice talks
Noel Whelan has tipped West Ham to receive a “big bid” for Declan Rice after a reported contract snub.
The former Premier League striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, mooted a potential £90million deal for the midfielder.
As reported by the Telegraph’s Matt Law (July 1st), Rice has turned down two contract offers at West Ham amid interest from Chelsea and Manchester United.
He currently has three years left on his current terms, while the Irons hold an optional one-year extension clause.
It is said the 22-year-old wants to be informed of any offers for his services this summer.
Whelan claimed it is “inevitable” Rice will leave West Ham and suggested offers could be tabled this summer.
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“I think you’ve got to just respect the player and where he’s at now,” Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge.
“He’s still very young guys, he’s got the world at his feet, having a fantastic tournament. He knows he’s got three years of contract under his belt which is plenty for a player
“He doesn’t need to worry about the future. We know his future’s going to be very, very bright. We know there’s a lot of people and clubs that would love to have him.
“West Ham know that as well. I think like Grealish, it’s inevitable, at some stage, he’s going to move on. A big payday is going to come for that club for him.
“I’m still not convinced that there won’t be a big bid for him. I think there will be and that will test their resolve on Declan Rice completely.
“There’s only so long you can hold on to these players even though they’re at Aston Villa and West Ham.
“When someone comes knocking on the door saying £90million, it’s very hard not to take that when you know what you could do with that kind of money.
“You can strengthen your side with not just one but maybe two or three international-quality players.”