By Paddy Kenny

15th Jun, 2022 | 4:00pm

West Ham 'expecting' Declan Rice to be sold this summer after 'strange' development - pundit

West Ham are expecting Declan Rice to leave the club this summer.

That’s according to former Leeds United stopper Paddy Kenny, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the 23-year-old’s future.

Rice has not featured in any of West Ham’s promotions as they continue to advertise their new kit for the 2022-23 season.

There has been almost constant speculation over the midfielder’s future since he became a regular for the Hammers during the 2017-18 campaign.

On 2 April, The Athletic reported West Ham will only consider bids for Rice that meet the club’s valuation of £150million.

Kenny insists the decision to not include Rice in the photos of the new kit’s release was “strange”.

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“I find it strange that they haven’t had him in the pictures,” Kenny told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.

“Is it a massive sign that they aren’t expecting him to be there? For me, it is. Why would you not have your main player there?

“He’s a fan favourite, an England international. To not have him on the pictures for the new kit, I just don’t get that.

“Unless they know he isn’t going to be there so there is no point in taking them.”

Rice has made 195 appearances for West Ham in all competitions since making his senior debut on the final day of the 2016-17 season.

He joined the club in 2014 after eight years in the Chelsea youth system.

In other news, West Ham have made a move to sign an Everton star with 31 Premier League starts last season.