By Kevin Campbell

29th Sep, 2021 | 6:00pm

Rice could leave West Ham as soon as January after source update - pundit

Declan Rice could leave West Ham in January but a mega-money move is “all geared up” for next summer.

That is the view of former Arsenal and Everton striker Kevin Campbell, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the 22-year-old’s future.

Rice‘s contract at the London Stadium runs until the summer of 2024.

The England international has so far refused to sign an extension and has rejected multiple offers from the club.

A West Ham source has told Football Insider the club plan to sanction the centre-midfielder’s exit next year if their £90million asking price is met.

By next summer, Rice will have two years remaining on his contract and club chiefs want to avoid a situation where the player runs down his deal.

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When asked by Football Insider for his assessment of the latest, Campbell said:

“If a team comes up with the money in January he might go then but let’s be honest, it’s all geared for next summer.

“He is not going to sign another contract. A team like West Ham cannot afford to have a player on the books running their contract down, especially a player like him who they can get top money for. It is not going to happen.

“He will give his all until the summer and then got to whoever the highest bidder is. There will be no shortage of takers either because he is a top player.”

In other news, an injury expert is ‘very worried’ by update on Fredericks at West Ham.